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Memphis Grizzlies fine Tony Allen for plane fight

Posted on: January 6, 2011 10:19 pm
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The Memphis Grizzlies have fined guard Tony Allen for fighting on the team's plane with teammate O.J. Mayo. Posted by Ben Golliver. tony-allen

The Memphis Grizzlies have issued a terse press release, announcing that the team has fined guard Tony Allen for his role in a fight with teammate O.J. Mayo that occurred on the team's plane. Here's the statement, in full.
The Memphis Grizzlies fined guard Tony Allen an undisclosed amount for his involvement in an altercation on Jan. 3 during the team’s return flight home to Memphis, General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced tonight.
The fine is the latest step taken by the team in response to the incident, which reportedly involved a dispute between Allen and Mayo over an unpaid boo-ray card game gambling debt and ended with Allen punching Mayo hard enough to leave his face "swollen." The incident occurred when the team was flying back to Memphis after beating the Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

On Wednesday, we noted that the Grizzlies have also moved to ban gambling on their team flights in the wake of the incident.

For More:
  • Ken Berger's take on how the NBA's gambling culture should be modified, click here
  • Matt Moore's thoughts on how NBA players can pass the time other than playing boo-ray, click here
  • Royce Young's quick-hitting reaction after news of the fight broke, click here
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Comments

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Memphis Grizzlies fine Tony Allen for plane fight

Okay, Enough of this stupid story already.  Find something new to write about.  No one cares about this.  No one feels sorry for friggin millionaires who make stupid mistakes. 



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 11:49 am
 

Memphis Grizzlies fine Tony Allen for plane fight

Why are they continuing with this story? Who cares! It isn't news worthy to say the slightest.



Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 10:46 am
 

Memphis Grizzlies fine Tony Allen for plane fight

So....Tony is out of money two times?

OJ should pay this fine.....



Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 10:42 am
 

Memphis Grizzlies fine Tony Allen for plane fight

Well since this is the second fight that Mayo has been in the last two months - then he should be the one to go.

Tony asked him for his money - mayo talked 'crap' - Tony went to the bathroom to cool off - came out of the bathroom with Mayo still talking "crap" and then Mayo got in tony's face ----they should BOTH have fines or NEITHER have fines.  Everybody involved said that Mayo was at fault for this.....

Mayo needs to grow up and realize that if you gamble for money and lose - then you pay up.....

Funny - but Tony had a great night again the next night AND the team won---so I guess that it didn't hurt him any ;)




Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2011 6:58 am
 

Memphis Grizzlies fine Tony Allen for plane fight

So I gather a few things from this:

1) Mayo does not like paying his debts when he GAMBLES

2) Allen takes it serious when you cheat him out of money owed..

3) NBA team members find gambling as the BEST entertainment

4) This isn't new worth talking about

Why do we had to know everything that goes on nowadays..because most folks don't
have real lives. So they seek to look into the lives of others..

Take care of this crap internally




Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:05 am
 

Memphis Grizzlies fine Tony Allen for plane fight

Talented but immature kids.  Instead of celebrating a win against the defending NBA champions or focusing on the next game they are worried about individual gambling debts.  Grizzlies might want to look into trading either Allen or Mayo to clear up team chemistry problems.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2011 2:23 am
 

Memphis Grizzlies fine Tony Allen for plane fight

That's it? Just a stupid fine? No wonder these players keeps punching each other up when one of them don't pay up. I think this is a bad example of how to deal with this problem, not only for the Grizzlies but for all athletes in general. I think both party involve should be fined and suspended without pay for their altercation. Fines is just a slap on a wrist for all these millionaires. The penalty should be something that will hurt them, like their pocket book and the team just so that they know their stupid behavior not only hurt them but also their team and hopefully will make them and other players to think twice before doing anything stupid again.


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