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Memphis’ O.J.Mayo, Tony Allen fight on team plane

Jan 5, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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Tuesday night, O.J. Mayo was out of the Memphis lineup with what was officially called a case of bronchitis, but a swollen face may be the real cause.

Mayo and teammate Tony Allen got into a fight over a debt from a card game on the team’s Sunday night flight and had to be separated by teammates (Yahoo Sports had the story first). Grizzlies’ general manager Chris Wallace confirmed there was an incident in an email to media in which he also said:

“The club considers the matter closed and will not comment further.”

The cause of the fight, according to Yahoo, was money owed from a card game called “boo-ray” (officially “Bourré”) played on the plane, which Mayo lost (more than $1,000) then he antagonized Allen over it refusing to pay.

Expect the league to come in with potentially harsh fines and suspensions — remember it was a fight over money owed from a  boo-ray card game between Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton that led to the gun incident in the Washington locker room last year, and subsequent suspensions for the rest of the season. The image-conscious NBA is not going to mess around this time.

This also may cause the league to come in and clamp down on card game gambling on team charter flights, which is a pretty common occurrence (back to Michael Jordan’s Bulls teams and beyond). Several teams took steps after the Wizards incident last year but a league-wide edict would not be a surprise now.

  1. jmclarkent - Jan 5, 2011 at 8:20 AM

    http://www.pagat.com/rams/boure.html

    I haven’t been “in the cool loop” since about 1995 (or delectably “never””), but I figure that I wasn’t the only one that had no clue what the hell Boo-ray was. “Boo-ray” sounds like something a low budget super villain would use.

  2. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Jan 5, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    The gun fight between the two is scheduled during the halftime show at BcS game. The winner gets a free shot at the NCAA board of governors.

  3. jstrizzle - Jan 5, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    No mention of the ramifications this has on trading Mayo? I thought that would be a great tidbit at the end of this story. Step it up Kurt.

    • minnesotablizzard - Jan 5, 2011 at 12:34 PM

      Exactly, I came here after hearing the story on ESPN because I was expecting rumor mongering about Mayo to the T-wolves…maybe Brewer and pieces for Mayo?

      • jstrizzle - Jan 5, 2011 at 5:44 PM

        Yeah, I am a T’wolves fan myself and that is why I jumped on here to read this story. However, Brewer and pieces for Mayo? As a fan I would love it but those pieces might have to be something big. Although this is the same franchise that gift wrapped Pau Gasol to the lakers. On the flip side we gift wrapped KG to the Celtics. Somethings gotta give. We do have that trade exception from the Jazz and some first round picks to dangle. Who knows.

  4. dsharpe8 - Jan 5, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    O.J. Mayo fortunate Tony Allen didn’t put his hands on him for real! Tony Allen is a real Chicago goon.

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