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Tony Allen pulls Kenneth Faried’s hair (VIDEO)

Nov 20, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

Normally, my stance on players with long hair in professional sports goes something like this: It’s a free country and all that, but just know what you’re doing might make you a target.

In the NFL, for example, it’s especially tantalizing for defenders when they see the long flowing locks of their opponent dangling out of the back of the helmet, and sometimes, if it’s the only option to make a play, they’ll grab the guy by his hair and drag him to the ground.

But in the NBA, it’s different because physical contact isn’t really encouraged. There isn’t a place in the game where grabbing a player — by his hair or anything else — is even legal, much less tolerated.

That’s especially true when a play is over, and has been whistled dead by the officials. But in the video clip above, you can see Tony Allen grab Kenneth Faried‘s hair in frustration before he heads to the other end of the floor.

The Grizzlies like to use the words “grit” and “grind” as a motto to describe the way their team plays. That’s apparently just code for “dirty,” and something they’ll resort to when getting beaten by a lesser opponent at home, as they were by the Nuggets on Monday.

[via TBJ]

  1. bleedburgandyandgold - Nov 20, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    That’s was defiantly a b$&@h move! But it made me laugh! Lol

  2. jimsjam33 - Nov 20, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Get a haircut . I guarantee it won’t happen again . If not learn to live with it ! It’s your choice .

    • memphistigers311 - Nov 20, 2012 at 9:58 PM

      Brett do you even watch Memphis games? “Dirty” is not exactly a proper way to describe the Grizzlies. Any “real” basketball writer would know that Toni Allen is famous for bonehead plays that cannot exactly be described. But in no way is any Grizzly player “dirty” with enough frequency to be considered “dirty” in general.

      This team gets little to no national media respect. It’s a middle market team that is continually piled on and disrespected, yet they just happen to be beating the hell out of everyone the NBA is throwing at them. Will it last? not at this pace. But I for damn sure can assure you that “dirty” is an inaccurate way to describe the Grizzlies.

      Was that a “dirty” play? Maybe, depending on ones viewpoint. They play hard and at least provide the illusion they really care about the games and play for fans. No true divas, just hard playing under appreciated cast-offs. If you have ever spent anytime in Memphis you would understand where the affection for that type of attitude comes from.

      Toni Allen was wrong and he knows it, as you I’m sure saw he was benched immediately and slow to get back in the game. Lionel don’t Bluff.

  3. cobrawolf - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    I would not call the Nuggets a lesser opponent

  4. badintent - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    The NFL had to rule on a hair pull early last year. Hair was ruled a part of the legal tackling area. Guess Stern got the Memo

  5. abchome - Nov 21, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Grit n Grind is merely a disguise of their true motto Grab n Grab – wrist, hands, waist, jerseys… and in this case, hair.

  6. mclayton31 - Nov 21, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Players grab arms, shoulder, legs, whatever they cam get they’re hands on. Don’t see why this is such a surprise. Watch a little more NBA please guy.

  7. mclayton31 - Nov 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Abchome, I’m sure your team plays basketball just like Naismith drew it up. Guys are funny to think that this stuff doesn’t happen all the time. Since it’s Memphis, a team nobody wants towards the top of the league I guess we can go ahead and put Tony Allen on deathrow.

  8. flyrocket31 - Nov 21, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    It actually looks like the was falling so he tried to catch himself.

    • broncobeta - Nov 26, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      No. Not at all.

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