Mayo's mother confirms O.J. is looking for new representation
O.J. Mayo has terminated his relationship with Calvin Andrews and Bill Duffy Associates, ESPN has learned.
Mayo's mother, Alisha Mayo, said in a statement: "As a family, we decided to modify O.J.'s inner circle and allow him to solely focus on improving his game without distraction in a structured, disciplined environment."
Mayo will look for a new agent in the wake of an "Outside The Lines" report that Mayo took money from a man who got it from BDA.
Alisha Mayo and family attorney Mike Woelfel will address the day-to-day issues in the short term. O.J. Mayo will continue training at Tim Grover's Chicago sports complex and will attend the NBA pre-draft camp in Orlando next weekend. When asked about whom Mayo may select as his agent, Woelfel said, "The family has a variety of options and each of those options will be thoughtfully explored."
According to a source familiar with the situation, Rodney Guillory, a former Mayo confidant and runner connected with Bill Duffy Associates Sports Management "is completely out of the picture now and his whereabouts are unknown." Another source told ESPN that on May 13, after Mayo came back from a trip to West Virginia to visit his mother, he met with Guillory in Los Angeles and officially cut all ties with him "in a face-to-face confrontation."
Alisha Mayo and former AAU coach Dwain Barnes met with O.J. Wednesday night and told him to end his relationship with BDA and Guillory, a source close to Mayo told ESPN.com Thursday night. Mayo was also advised to pick an agent to help him with marketing.
The finalists for Mayo, according to the source, are Leon Rose and Andy Miller. Rose and Maverick Carter are agents for LeBron James. The source said Mayo met with James' friend, William Wesley, in Chicago Wednesday. Reached at the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night, Miller said he has had no contact with Mayo or any of his representatives. Mayo is expected to pick an agent by the Orlando pre-draft camp next week, the source said.
Mayo, under National Basketball Players Association rules, can't hire a new agent for 15 days from the time he files paperwork splitting with BDA.
"Due to the overwhelming intensity of recent allegations regarding the recruitment of O.J. Mayo, we feel that our representation of him is a distraction for he and his family at this time," Calvin Andrews, Mayo's BDA agent, said in a statement Thursday.
"This should be the best time in his life and anything that takes away from that enjoyment and the experience of this process is not fair to him. We will maintain the greatest support and best wishes for him through this time and throughout what promises to be an excellent career for a very deserving young man. We will request that the Players Association waive the standard 15-day cooling off period enabling O.J. to sign with new representation immediately."
"Outside The Lines" reported earlier this month that Guillory, a Los Angeles-based event promoter, allegedly provided $30,000 to Mayo. Louis Johnson, a former confidant of Mayo, told "Outside The Lines" that Guillory received money from Duffy's firm.
Bill Duffy Associates has denied the claims. Mayo has denied he took money, which would have endangered his collegiate eligibility at USC.
That prompted the NBPA to launch an investigation of Duffy's relationship with Mayo. On Thursday, Gary Hall, the top legal counsel for the NBPA, recused himself from the investigation because he was reportedly paid at least twice by BDA earlier in his career, sources told CNBC.com.
"Gary Hall is going to recuse himself from any involvement in any investigations that occur regarding BDA," union spokesman Dan Wasserman told CNBC. "In that instance, our director of security and agent administration Robert Gadson will report directly to our executive director Billy Hunter."
According to CNBC, Hall worked for a Syracuse firm and represented Bill Duffy Associates twice between 2001 and 2005. Hall came to work for the NBPA in November 2005. He now is in charge of the union's legal department.
ESPN.com's Andy Katz contributed to this report.
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