Grizzlies Catch Fade: NBA Players O.J. Mayo & Tony Allen Separated On Flight For Fighting Over “Boo-Ray”

- By Bossip Staff

Why are these grown a$s men fighting over a card game???

After a card game gone awry, Memphis Grizzlies teammates O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen had to be separated during a physical encounter on the team’s charter flight Monday, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Mayo owed Allen money from a card game, “Boo-Ray” and sources said Mayo became increasingly belligerent and antagonistic toward Allen when asked to settle the debt. Sources said Allen walked away from Mayo to go the restroom and returned to find Mayo continuing to berate him. Eventually, Mayo inched close to Allen, and sources said Allen hit Mayo. “Tony warned [Mayo] to watch his mouth, and [Mayo] wouldn’t do it and just kept going off on him,” a source with knowledge of the incident told Yahoo! Sports.

Several players eventually separated the teammates, sources said. Mayo and Allen were brought into meet with Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins on Monday, and sources said the organization believed Mayo played the bigger part in escalating the encounter.

Mayo missed a 110-105 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night. Despite the team’s insistence that Mayo missed Tuesday’s game with bronchitis, sources said his absence was connected to the fight with Allen.

Allen replaced Mayo in the lineup and scored 19 points, playing a key role in the Grizzlies’ victory. Sources said the two players talked on Monday and Tuesday and both expressed regret about the incident.

Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace didn’t respond to a text message from Yahoo! Sports Tuesday night, but the team later released a statement, acknowledging a “brief altercation” between the two players.

“The club considers the matter closed and will not comment further,” Wallace said in the statement.

Allen told one associate that the money owed to him was “short money,” and another source said Mayo owed him “a few grand.”

“Boo-Ray” is the same card game Gilbert Arenas(notes) and Javaris Crittenton(notes) were playing on the Washington Wizards’ charter flight last season that ultimately led to the confrontation in which Arenas brought guns into the team’s locker room. After the incident, several teams moved to curtail gambling on team flights.

SMH. Hopefully this issue is resolved before it gets Gilbert Arenas style.


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  • Peppa

    Why do we need to know about a fight between two teamates. I really do not understand the media. There are tons of actual newsworthy occurrences that they could deal with.

  • Higher than Jordan

    He must of bust OJ’s azz cuase he didn’t play last night but Tony Allen did….

  • Keep it Real

    Teammates have always fight. Nothing here

  • TheMagicalNegro

    Why is this such a surpise? N!gg@s gonna still act like N!gg@s, when they in the limelight and making chedda. Especially if they running and jumping or singing and dancing to entertain folks…

  • RazeKane least theres no frontin fools on this blog claimin they were on that flight and saw the whole thang.

  • Dat sum real N*gga Sh*t!

    N*ggaz! Fugg em…

  • Candid Canuck

    what kind a card game is called “Boo-Ray?!!”


  • Avon Barksdale

    I was on that flight and saw the whole thang!

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