MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins has banned gambling on flights for Memphis after a fight between former Oklahoma State standout Tony Allen and O.J. Mayo on board an airplane during a return trip from Los Angeles.
Allen is in his first season with the Grizzlies after spending six seasons with the Boston Celtics.
The team released a statement early Wednesday morning confirming that Allen and Mayo had a “brief altercation” on the charter flight back to Memphis on Monday from Los Angeles. The Grizzlies spent the night in California after beating the Lakers 104-85 on Sunday.
The Commercial Appeal newspaper first reported the gambling ban on team flights. Hollins told the paper that he treated the incident like a blowup during practice — with a lecture and having both players apologize. He said there will be no further discipline by the team.
“We're in a confined airplane, and things get heated. I'm done with it. No more gambling,” Hollins told the newspaper. “I told my guys if they read a book, that would be good. They have to entertain themselves in a different manner.
The NBA has not ruled whether Allen or Mayo will face punishment from the league.
“We're monitoring the situation,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank said.