Apparently OJ Mayo might have violated NCAA policy by accepting “complimentary” tickets from Carmelo Anthony for Monday’s Nuggets/Lakers game at the Staples Center. The LA Times reports that:
NCAA bylaw 126.96.36.199.3 states that student-athletes may not receive “free or reduced-cost admission to professional athletics contests from professional sports organizations, unless such services also are available to the student body in general.”
Whoops! OJ Mayo didn’t do himself any good when asked for comment on his gratis $230 dollar seats,
Anthony made the offer of tickets at a party he hosted Sunday night, Mayo said.
“I was talking to him like, ‘Man, you’re out pretty late. You’ve got a game tomorrow against Kobe [Bryant],’ ” Mayo said. “He said, ‘Nah it will be all right.’ And then he asked, ‘You want to come to the game?’ And I was like, ‘Sure.’ “
Mayo said his seats for his first Lakers game were so good “I could talk to [television analyst] Reggie Miller and tease him about UCLA.”
Well lets see, first Reggie Bush possibly could be ruining the football program’s legacy after news he took improper benefits from prospective agents and now this happens to the USC basketball program, before they even get the chance to do anything of importance on the court.
Can USC keep its players from taking shit? How hard is it to tell these guys to “not take anything from anyone because you are being watched”. I mean, its probably easy for some scrub on the offensive line or a 3rd string point guard to take something, but c’mon now, EVERYONE is watching OJ Mayo???
Granted, with all the hype that OJ Mayo has as a player his team is just 11-6 with a 2-3 conference record so far but at least he is averaging 19.7 points a game (with a team high 3.9 turnovers a game). So even with OJ performing as great as he can be, his teams stinks. Do they really need him messing up their tournament (NIT anyone?) & scholarship opportunities?
This season was just a way for him to jump to the pros without getting hurt anyway, so screw him. Kick his ass out and leave him to get drafted by the Timberwolves, that’l show his pampered ass somethin and maybe he’ll start following the rules.
From LA Times