Chicago Bulls forward Derrick Jones Jr. delivered an elbow on Grayson Allen during the Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks game for which he was called for a flagrant 1 foul. There was some bad blood between the Bulls and Allen as Allen's flagrant 2 foul on Alex Caruso led to him being suspended one game.
Caruso hasn't played since sustaining a right wrist fracture and Bulls fans booed Allen every time he touched the ball on Friday night. After Jones elbowed Allen, he insisted after the game he didn't do it on purpose.
"That's all that goes through my head," Jones said after the Bucks' 118-112 win, per ESPN.
"I'm not a dirty player. Honestly, I talked to every ref that was there today. I didn't think that was a flagrant. They said I hit him in his head. I didn't even feel it. I just felt him bump my hip and fall. That's all I felt."
Jones,insists the Allen hit wasn't on purpose
Before the game, Bulls center Tristan Thompson sent a warning to Allen.
"Take one of my dogs out like that, we're gonna have issues," Thompson told reporters Thursday in Atlanta. "You gotta set the tone. That's what Bulls basketball is all about, setting the tone. What he did affected one of our guys, and I don't think anyone should forget about that.
"I think guys have [it] in the back of their head, and if guys want to play chippy, let's play chippy." There is not much love between Bulls fans and Allen. The Bulls weren't thrilled with Allen after he injured Caruso but Jones claimed he would never target anyone.
"I ain't even tripping off that. It's basketball," Jones said. "I want to get a stop as much as they want to get a stop on the other end. What happened in Milwaukee, we didn't like it. It's obvious we didn't like it. Nobody liked that.
But, I mean, I'm not going to go out there and just try to take a man out. "That's not who I am. If I get a foul in the process of trying to get a stop, then so be it. But I ain't [gonna] blatantly take that man out. He got a family to take care of. Why would I do that?"