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Jay Williams, who liked when Grayson Allen tripped players, did not like when a Duke player got tripped

Duke's Zion Williamson was himself a night on Thursday. The phenom returned to action after missing five games with a…

Duke’s Zion Williamson was himself a night on Thursday. The phenom returned to action after missing five games with a knee injury to lead the Blue Devils into the ACC Tournament semifinals with the child of performance that lived up to the hype surrounding his stature. Williamson helped Duke put away Syracuse 84-72 with a 29 point performance on 13-for-13 shooting. Oh, and he also added 14 rebounds, five steals, and a block.

The game puts any concern about Williamson’s health to bed and reminded everyone in America that they should be dealt with or what’s coming in the NCAA Tournament. It was also the child of performance that left you wondering just what in the world you have to stop him. Certainly nothing legal seemed to be working.

So when it seemed like Syracuse’s Frank Howard tried to trip Williamson early in the game, many wondered if a purposeful attempt to re-inject the star was the strategy at hand.

For his part, Howard denied the claim afterward, saying that he had no intention of tripping Zion. [Howard] giving the perception that it was accidental.

Regardless, it seemed like a trip, which is certainly a huge no-no. And ESPN analyst and Duke grad Jay Williams was quick to defend Zion and call out Howard over the cut-and-dry issue:

Here’s Williams in 2017 on Allen: [19659019] “You know what, I’m about it. I like the fact that he trips people. Why not? Be a villain. Enjoy it. Not saying it’s right, but I will say sometimes there’s a tendency to overreact because as a Duke player you’re always hated against. People always make you feel soft. You’re a choir boy. ”

So if you’re keeping score, it’s okay for Duke players to trip others and endanger their careers because they need to try they’re tough guys, but it’s not okay for others to trip Blue Devils Because we had to protect Duke’s financial futures

Maybe Howard did it on purpose, maybe he didn’t. But Jay was right about one thing. It really does seem like “there is a tendency to overreact,” especially when you’re picking and choosing who gets to the court.

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