Mayo was Floyd’s high-class whore

Assume the position.
Assume the position.

Everything about the OJ Mayo-Tim Floyd saga comes across as dirty.

Here’s Mayo, sometime in 2006, contacting Floyd unexpectedly, telling the USC basketball coach he wants to play for the Trojans. The risk: Mayo is likely gone after one year (which happened to be the case). The reward: Mayo has the potential to give Floyd a run at the national title in that sole season (USC made the NCAA Tournament, but couldn’t escape the opening round).

Now here’s OJ Mayo at a preseason practice in 2007, breaking the jaw of starting point guard Daniel Hackett with a well-located punch to the chops.

Sources state that the altercation came after a Mayo tantrum, leading Hackett to approach the freshman in a non-threatening manner, which in turn led to Mayo’s violent outburst.

Fearing a P.R. disaster, Floyd instructs his players to tell the media that Hackett was the victim of a wayward elbow during scrimmage. The coverup works for the most part, but the true story leaks via internal witnesses.

And finally we have the latest story, the exchange of purported cash payments between Tim Floyd and Mayo’s personal associates.

One can only speculate as to what these cash payments were based upon. Points? Assists? Rebounds? Sexual favors?

All I know is, it’s time for USC to go down, and to go down hard. The NCAA and the Pac 10 finally have the opportunity to make an example of the school that has turned a blind eye to the rules for a number of years. They need to do what’s right and sanction the university to the utmost degree.

A fly-by-night one-year pit stop, a public relations coverup, and now envelopes full of Benjamins. These Trojans make me feel nothing but dirty.

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