Reported by CNBC's Darren Rovell:
"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,” Mayo’s BDA agent Calvin Andrews said in a statement.Probably the best thing for both sides. BDA needs to focus its energy on its existing clients and also deal with possible investigations that may stem from this mess, including the NCAA, NBPA, California state regulators and CA bar association. And O.J. Mayo needs to get this whole episode behind him and focus on his NBA career.
Rovell also has news that Gary Hall, NBPA's chief counsel, has recused himself from any involvement in NBPA investigations related to BDA. Hall had represented BDA in past matters.
David Stern has breaking news, 30 years in the making
NBA Commish David Stern on the OJ Mayo investigation:
"I don’t know what regulations you are referring to. Those are NCAA regulations and if there's anybody watching that thinks this is a new subject, I have a bridge over in Brooklyn that I'd like to sell them because this has been going on for the last 30 or 40 years."I think David Stern is on to something: Sell the Brooklyn Bridge. Then use the proceeds to fund the NBA/NCAA partnership to root out sleazy influences.
Stephen A. wants to know, "So what exactly is the big deal, folks?
ESPN's Stephen A. Smith writes:
Years ago, I was talking shop with an East Coast runner. "We're not going anywhere," the guy told me. "Know why? Because there will never be an end to athletes who have friends who want to profit off their talents. And there will never be an end to athletes who will let us in because they know everyone around them is getting paid."