Former OSU player Tony Allen, teammate O.J. Mayo have ‘brief altercation'

By The Associated Press Modified: January 5, 2011 at 9:28 pm •  Published: January 5, 2011
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— 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.