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Monday, May 12, 2008

RF23 - Took Money? Gettin' Paid Under The Table? Whatever.

Took Money? Gettin' Paid Under The Table? Whatever.

In case you all were caught up in Survivor or not interested in the NBA Playoffs. ESPN published a report on outgoing USC freshman, OJ Mayo in regard to being paid under the table and having an agent, while playing his one year at USC. Look, I'm not going to be naive and give an excuse for this, although it looks funny and smells funny. However, I am going to say this...

So what.

Yeah, so what and what else is new. This is what makes this collegiate slash professional athlete a joke. We know these high profile players are gettin' paid. We know the parents of these kids are getting hooked up...My problem is, why the hoopla. Why continue make believe, when in fact, unless you're that naive to believe that all amateur sports are pure, the athletes is clean, the athlete is untouched and he or she represents all that is good about collegiate sports. That's bull! and if you're one of those people...Sorry!

It seems that every year we hear about a player or players who either made deals with agents, going back to when they were in the 8th freaking grade! In back to back years, we hear stories about colleges signing 8th grade kids. And yet, we're shocked, angry, disappointed and pissed offed when we turn on the digital telly and see kids like Mayo, Bush and others were gettin' paid to do the one thing, they only wanted to do. Play their damn sport. These kids are "now" athletes. Not future minded ones. They put up with 12 years of general education, being told they needed a minimum of 2.0 to play, satisfactory conduct and bare minimum in SAT's and the rest is gravy. Hell before the NBA instituted that useless, one year college requirement, all they needed was the correct age. So before you shake your head at the player, parent and the agent. I hope the NCAA, schools and professional organizations get the same disgust.

ESPN Story on OJ Mayo:

Former USC basketball player O.J. Mayo, a projected lottery pick in this year's NBA draft, received thousands of dollars in cash, clothes and other benefits in apparent violation of NCAA rules while he was still in high school and during his one year in college, a former Mayo associate told ESPN's "Outside the Lines."

Reached by after the show, Mayo denied the claims. He declined comment to "Outside the Lines" prior to the airing of the show.

Louis Johnson, who was a part of Mayo's inner circle until recently, said Mayo accepted around $30,000 in cash and gifts during the past four years from Rodney Guillory, a 43-year-old Los Angeles event promoter. In addition to cash, the gifts included a flat-screen television for Mayo's dorm room, cell phone service, a hotel room, clothes, meals and airline tickets for Mayo's friends and a relative, according to Johnson, others with knowledge of the gifts and store receipts.

When Mayo was in high school in Ohio and West Virginia, Guillory was receiving monthly payments from the Northern California sports agency Bill Duffy Associates. Johnson said BDA provided Guillory with around $200,000 before Mayo arrived at USC, and that Guillory used most of the money to support his own lifestyle but also gave a portion of it to Mayo.

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