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OJ Mayo, Tony Allen Reportedly Fight on Grizzlies Plane

Jan 5, 2011 – 8:37 AM
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O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen had to be separated by teammates after a contentious card game on the Grizzlies team plane Monday, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.

Mayo apparently owed Allen money from the game, and increasingly antagonized Allen over paying the debt. According to the report, Allen walked away to go to the bathroom, but was confronted by Mayo again when he returned. Eventually, the report says, Mayo inched close to Allen, and Allen hit him. Several players stepped in to stop the fight.

"Tony warned (Mayo) to watch his mouth, and (Mayo) wouldn't do it and just kept going off on him," a source told Yahoo! Sports.

The teammates met with coach Lionel Hollins on Monday about the incident, and spoke with each other on Monday and Tuesday, apparently settling the acrimony.


In response to the report, the Grizzlies released a statement admitting to a "brief altercation" between Mayo and Allen, saying the matter is closed.

The game the two were allegedly playing, "Boo-Ray," is the same card game Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton were reported to be playing last year, which led to their infamous locker room confrontation. After that incident, some teams starting banning gambling on team flights.

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