During a game between the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers in November, Grizzlies guard Tony Allen kicked Clippers star Chris Paul in the face while attempting to make a plan on defense.
Even though the foot to the face generally was perceived as inadvertent and accidental. Allen nevertheless was assessed a Flagrant Foul-2, earning an ejection, during the game.
As noted by Ball Don’t Lie, Allen took to Twitter to apologize for the play, indicating that he was remorseful — or perhaps being cognizant that an expression of remorse may have an impact on how the NBA was going to view what transpired.
1st thing 1st apologies 2 @CP3 accidental kick…..
— Tony Allen (@aa000G9) November 19, 2013
Feeling some type of way about being ejected …. so not my character !! 1st and last ejection ! That's my word
— Tony Allen (@aa000G9) November 19, 2013
But in the end, despite his apologies, Allen was suspended one game for his out-of-control play.
And now, Allen is trying to make something positive come out of the unfortunate and regrettable incident. According to a report from Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, Allen intends to auction off the shoes and donate the proceeds to charity.
The shoe that Tony Allen wore when he inadvertently kicked Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul in the face on Nov. 18 will be auctioned online to benefit Youth Villages. Allen, who was ejected from that game and suspended, donated the shoe to the national nonprofit organization headquartered in Memphis. Youth Villages is auctioning the shoe online as part of an effort to raise $15,000 to buy presents for children receiving help on its residential campuses and group homes. The shoe is autographed by Allen and is mounted in a custom Memphis Grizzlies display case. The eBay auction runs through Sunday. All proceeds generated from the sale of the shoe will be matched by an anonymous donor up to $10,000.
A portion of the description of the one-of-a-kind piece of NBA memorabilia, via the eBay listing:
During the Memphis Grizzlies’ highly successful November road trip to California, guard Tony Allen was suspended and fined after an incredible defensive move put his left shoe uncomfortably close to 2013 All-Star MVP Chris Paul’s face. Allen’s infamous accidental-kick was ruled a Flagrant Foul 2, and he was ejected from the game. Allen quickly rebounded from the accident and issued his apologies to Paul.
To celebrate the holiday season, Allen – the NBA’s Season of Giving Ambassador for the Memphis Grizzlies – is donating the renowned shoe to Youth Villages, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Memphis. Youth Villages will auction the shoe online as part of an effort to raise $15,000 to buy presents for children receiving help on Youth Villages’ Memphis residential campuses and group homes.
“I’m glad that the shoe will be creating something special for kids in Memphis. Everyone deserves to have a Christmas to remember. I’m glad I can be a part of their memories,” Allen said.
“The Shoe” (left Adidas Rose 4) is autographed by Allen
Mounted in a custom Memphis Grizzlies display case
“It’s a one-of-a-kind piece of sports memorabilia that will be an amazing addition to any Grizzlies fan’s collection,” said Richard Shaw, chief development officer at Youth Villages.
Starting bid price of $750 will provide holiday gifts for 10 children in Youth Villages’ care. The auction ends Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013.
All proceeds generated from the sale of “The Shoe” will be matched 1:1 from an anonymous donor (up to $10,000) and will be used to ensure that all children away from their families this Christmas at Youth Villages experience the joy of the season.
Youth Villages serves more than 1,000 of the most vulnerable children and families in Shelby County every day. While many are served through in-home and community-based efforts, more than 355 children are in Youth Villages’ residential programs.
Ain’t that a kick?
In all seriousness, the current bid on eBay stands at $2,325 at the time of this post. What a cool way to raise some much-needed funds for a worthwhile charity. Kudos to Tony Allen for such an original idea.