LOS ANGELES Former USC basketball star O.J. Mayo has been dropped by his agent ahead of the June 26 NBA draft because of the "overwhelming intensity" of allegations that Mayo illegally received cash and gifts.
Mayo had announced that Calvin Andrews of Bill Duffy Associates would represent him. But the sports management group based in Walnut Creek, Calif., issued a statement Thursday saying their association was over.
"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," the statement said.
"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."