The Duke player suspended for intentional tripping should be punished. Yes, athletes get competitive during games, but that does not mean that they should intentionally trip or sabotage each opponents. When athletes commit fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct, they should be punished; especially if the conduct could potentially cause harm or injury to other players.
No college athlete wants to be sentenced to five hugs and a sorry note. If this player had to write out an apology and give hugs before he would be allowed to play basketball again, he would really think about this and what he did. Other people would behave better in the future because they would not want the same punishment.
This isn't the first time Grayson Allen has done it, in fact it's the third time this year. He knows it's bad as shown in his emotions and subsequent actions. But that doesn't justify the fouls. It has to be stopped and is bad for the team so no matter who you are you can't be allowed to get away with it. A suspension was correct.
No, the Duke player suspended for intentional tripping should not be sentenced to five hugs and a sorry note. That would minimize his actions. He is being punished for not only the act but the intention behind it. As an athlete, he is a school leader and bound by ethics expectations. He should be suspended for his violation.