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Memphis’ Tony Allen ejected for kick to Chris Paul’s face (VIDEO)

Nov 18, 2013, 11:33 PM EDT

Kick a guy in the face, you get ejected.

That’s what happened with Memphis’ Tony Allen, arguably the best perimeter defender in the league — Chris Paul was driving the lane, Tony Allen leapt and got caught in the air, threw his leg out and it kicked CP3 right across the face. At first glance the referees called it a Flagrant 1 but after review upgraded it to a Flagrant 2 and ejected Allen (who had already apologized to Paul).

Was it intentional? No. Still, he kicked a guy in the face and for my money the referees got it right — that had to be an ejection. Just had to be. That said, because of the lack of intent one would hope the league would not fine or add to the punishment here.

Hat tip to The Point Forward at SI for the video.

  1. legend30 - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Are you serious Tony Allen? Suspend him at least for 10 games. He literally tried to chopped off Chris Paul’s head.

    • legend30 - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      Over/under 250 thumbs down? I’m going with over, dislike my comment!

  2. legend30 - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Wait Kurt Helin, you didn’t think that was intentional? Are you serious! Watch the video again, who does that!?

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      No I don’t. I think Paul faked out Allen badly as TA jumped to cut off a passing lane, then just tried to kick the ball and missed.

      • legend30 - Nov 19, 2013 at 5:35 PM

        Kurt, looks like we have to agree to disagree.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      He was jumping awkwardly and unintentionally kicked him. He kicked him with his leg, not his shoe/foot…who kicks with their leg and not their foot?

      Flagrant 1 yes, flagrant 2, really? The NBA is getting a little too prissy now.

  3. timb12 - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    That was one of the most bizarre things I’ve seen on a court. He already has his hands up like he’s innocent before he throws the flying leg kick.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Actually if you go way back about 10-12 years ago, Bruce Bowen actually kicked Wally Szczerbiak in the face with his shoe when he was shooting a 3. Youtube it.

      If I’m not mistaken, it was only a personal foul maybe a flagrant 1. That was much worse than what TA did.

      It’s crazy where this league is headed.

  4. moseskkim - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Not a basketball play.. I see kicking out your leg to purposely get a kicked ball but that high? Very dangerous. Chris Paul needs to get out of the habit of flailing his arms. I love him as a player but man I’m tired of seeing that extra bullcrap acting. He hits him in the face but arms flailing away makes me cringe

  5. legend30 - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Even Metta World Peace was stunned to see this.

  6. norcalkingsfan - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    I could watch Chris Paul get kicked in the face all day.

    • pdub923 - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      Ha! Thank you. I was gonna make this comment if no one else did. LMAO every time I watch this!

  7. highrata - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    It was NOT intentional, you guys obviously don’t play basketball, Chris Paul is so crafty he thought he was going to pass that’s why he kicked his leg up, it was just dumb luck Pauls face was there

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      The refs clearly don’t play basketball either. Seriously, who would intentionally kick someone (in the face!) in the 1st quarter of a game? TA knows what he means to his team to do something so crazy.

      The league and the refs are overpolicing the game to the point where it’s affecting the outcomes. This should definitely be downgraded to a flagrant 1 soon.

  8. jay231991 - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Grizzlies vs Clippers is officially a rivalry after tonight’s game!!

  9. 00maltliquor - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Easy there Jackie Chan, jeez!

    That’s one of the oddest things I’ve seen during a game, LOL!

  10. wwttww - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    He plainly extended his leg with the intention of cutting off a passing lane once in the air. u can easily see it wasn’t done intentionally. Odd freaky foul. But not intentional.

  11. kavika6 - Nov 19, 2013 at 5:26 AM

    Last year he beat Chris Paul at his own game (worst flop of the year in a playoff game against the Spurs). This year he just plain beats him.

    That headcase tony allen is a serious injury waiting to happen.

  12. rodyaugu - Nov 19, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    He gave CP3 something to flop about

  13. edwardemanuelson - Nov 19, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    From one jerk off to another…

  14. belleby123 - Nov 19, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    And yet if Chalmers had done it he would have only gotten a fine afterwards.

    • miamatt - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      You do recall that Chalmers got ejected from a game and suspended for the next THIS WEEK, right? Just checking…

      • belleby123 - Nov 20, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        No, I don’t recall that. That’s my bad for getting my updates from PBT.

  15. nickmiller63 - Nov 19, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Could not have kicked a more deserving punk. That said, how was it not intentional?

  16. smileyd123 - Nov 19, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Yes, Tony Allen kicked him. It’s not a dirty play. Its just an accident. He was only trying to block the ball because he thought Chris Paul might have a passing lane. I can understand the flagrant call. This was not intentional at all though. These type of freak plays happens in sports.

  17. blueintown - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Serious question, Kurt: if you don’t believe it was intentional, how was kicking him out the right call?

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      Intent shouldn’t matter, because at the end of the day you can’t always read it (I don’t believe TA intentionally kicked him in the face, but I’m not in his mind). If a guy goes up for a layup and you go for the foul and knock him to the ground hard, your intent may not have been to injure but you hit a vulnerable player and the penalty should flow out of that. Here, whatever he was trying to do, Allen got his foot up at face level and kicked a guy driving the lane. Malicious or not you get ejected for that.

      • blueintown - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        Hmm. Fair enough, but can’t we reasonably assume that TA was aware of what he was doing? He stuck his leg out to the left because he knew that was the direction CP was going. Clearly it was meant to physically impede his progress. If Paul is standing straight up and takes a shin to the chest, it’s a run-of-the-mill personal foul. The fact that the foot ended up in his face is somewhat ancillary. It seems like an opportunity for the league to exemplify defense via swinging, airborne legs is a no-no. Based on that (and the fact that a premier player was on the receiving end), I would think Stern would deem TA’s intention was “malicious”, and he would face suspension.

  18. miamatt - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    This one goes in the category of reckless but not malicious. You can’t kick your leg out at chest/face level and cry innocent if somebody gets thwopped in the kisser. That being said, I think Allen was trying to cut off a passing lane, or at worst give a foul to stop CP3 from scoring.

    The ejection was justified, given how games are being officiated these days, but this play doesn’t warrant anything more at this time.

  19. spacemaker101 - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    He was trying to block a pass not kick the dude in the face c’mon

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