Virginia Tech forward Jeff Allen is suspended for Wednesday's game at Virginia, athletic director Jim Weaver announced in a statement Monday.
Allen, the Hokies' starting power forward, made what Weaver termed an "inappropriate and unacceptable" gesture after he fouled out of Saturday's loss to Maryland. Television cameras caught Allen flashing his middle finger toward the Terrapins' fans, and a screenshot of the incident had circulated around the Internet during the past two days.
“I was extremely disappointed in Jeff Allen’s actions as he was leaving the court at the University of Maryland on Saturday night," Coach Seth Greenberg said in the statement. "I, in no way, condone his behavior and will deal with it appropriately. Jeff knows better and is extremely remorseful about the incident and apologizes for his actions.”
Also in the statement, Allen apologized to those who were offended by the gesture and called it a "lapse in judgment during the heat of the moment."
Allen was suspended two games by the ACC last season after he bumped an official. The Hokies split those games.
Virginia Tech must now replace Allen against the Cavaliers, who upset then-No. 12 Clemson on Sunday. Allen averages 14.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game and is the Hokies' top interior player.
J.T. Thompson, a 6-foot-6 forward, will likely replace Allen in the lineup. The Hokies can also turn to junior forward Lewis Witcher and freshman Victor Davila.
"We'll miss him a lot," Thompson said after Monday's practice. "But I don't think [fans] should be worried. I think they should look to see who steps up."
February 16, 2009; 5:12 PM ET
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