I’ll have a Number 32, Hold the O.J. Mayo
O.J. Mayo, the high school senior touted my many as the number one prospect for the class of ’07, recently finished his high school career. To put an exclamation mark on his four years, this is how he completed his season.
It’s not the greatest video, but what you can see is Mayo throwing the ball into the stands after a dunk and subsequently getting ejected. I learned of this through deadspin, who has a better video, if you want to check that out. Deadspin says that it’s difficult to argue that it wasn’t worth it for him to throw the ball into the stands and get ejected. I am honestly not sure how to react to this, the action and deadspin’s statement.
My initial attitude toward this situation is that there is no place for that. Correction, the place for that is with the And1 Mix Tape Tour where the games don’t matter and it’s just for entertainment. I’m glad he got ejected and hope Tim Floyd has a good plan in place to try and contain this kid’s ego. It seems to be that he is all about self promotion. That happened in the state championship game, where team accomplishments should be first and foremost. Instead, Mayo took the opportunity to shine the light on himself. That should tell you something about the character of this soon to be USC Trojan. As others have already mentioned, O.J. must spell it “teim” because with him, there is definitely an “I” in team.
What baffles me even more is the fact that this isn’t his first headline for misconduct. He had a marijuana situation that has since been dropped and was ejected earlier in the season for knocking over a referee. He has all of this negative media surrounding him, and then he just builds on it with this. In my opinion, it’s a little too early to be defying the system already, but I guess he’s just practicing for the future.
I can see the counter arguments already. It was his last game, the game was already practically over, the fans went crazy over it, he got punished for it by being ejected, blah blah blah. In reality, all of those things are true except the talented part, which has yet to be proven on at the college or professional level.
I have seen a lot of film on this guy, and he looks to be a solid player. But we see this kind of self promotion all the time in professional sports, and it only leads to negative situations. Teams are starting to learn that distraction players break up teams no matter how talented they are. There are tons of talented players out there that won’t bring the extra baggage. Mayo better learn to check his ego if he plans to cash big checks in the future.