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Hokies' Allen Suspended After Gesture At Comcast

Just heard from fellow Post reporter Zach Berman, who covers the Virginia Tech men's basketball team, that forward Jeff Allen has been suspended for Wednesday's game at Virginia for making an inappropriate gesture to the crowd after fouling out of Saturday night's game at Maryland. Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver made the announcement in a statement released earlier today.

Berman reported and wrote the following:

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."

In the statement, Weaver said he discussed the issue with Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow prior to making his decision to suspend Allen.

By Steve Yanda  |  February 16, 2009; 6:16 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Hey Prisbell and Yanda...why don't you do a 3-part series on Jeff Allen's middle finger?

Posted by: p1funk | February 16, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

The stuff about Ewing not being smart is just racist crap. He never demonstrated anything but intelligence and class. The only people that questioned his intelligence back then couldn't accept that a 7 foot black guy from Jamaica could actually be a smart guy in addition to a great basketball player. Don't think the players would have elected him head of the NBA Players Union if he were an idiot. And Iverson's GPA and grades were never a problem. Funny, I don't see you all question Steve Francis's GPA. He doesn't exactly seem like a rocket scientist. Or what about Chris Wilcox, Nik Caner-Medley? Bunch of real academics there. Maybe I should just toss out ex-MD players' names and say they couldn't get into Gtown. It would have about as much validity as your ignorant assertions.

Posted by: DaymondMyles | February 16, 2009 5:39 PM

No one is saying that MD is full of PhDs either. My comment came as a RESPONSE to someone who was dissing the academic standards at MD. My point is that ALL college b-ball programs are willing to sacrifice certain standards to get players and G-town is NO exception.

As far as racist crap, that's just you painting with that brush. I'd criticize the white players at G-town except they NEVER get recruited there...since you seem so interested in race-relations, I wonder if you ever found that interesting?


"We make alot of money, but we also spend alot."

-Patrick Ewing's immortal quote representing the NBA players union in justifying ridiculously high guaranteed contracts for NBA players...and the sad part is that he was serious...

Posted by: p1funk | February 16, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I'd criticize the white players at G-town except they NEVER get recruited there.

Posted by: p1funk | February 16, 2009 6:44 PM

What are you talking about? Georgetown has had plenty of white players...there's the Kelly brothers from 20 years's the Kelly me get back to you on this.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 16, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey, don't forget about the white guy from Las Vegas that JT II put on his team 20-25 years ago after the guy's dad brought JT II into a slot machine venture in Las Vegas.

Posted by: JusticeJJG | February 17, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

I think Patrick Ewing was referring to his tab at the Gold (Strip) Club.

Posted by: baloneyonwhite | February 17, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Who gives a @#$% about NIT bound, chock full of good recruits, underacheiving, can't even afford an on campus arena, not won a title in 20 years GTown? This is a Terps blog right?

So Jeff Allen being suspended is the icing on the cake from the game Saturday night. Like it or not the Terps are battling, VT and Miami for the last NCAA bid for the ACC. If VT slips up at UVA without Allen this goes a long way to helping the Terps pull even with them in conference. If all three end up 8-8 it will come down to who gets an ACC tourney win. If they all go the same edge to the Terps with the OOC wins and the head to head wins.

Lets go Terps!

Posted by: Lee26 | February 17, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

ps before the GTown, Mason, UVA, GW, trolls pounce. The "Who gives a @#$%" on the Jeff Allen post was intentionally ironic. It's called a funny joke, like your basketball and football programs. Just an FYI...

Posted by: Lee26 | February 17, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

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