Monday, May 19, 2008
Updated: May 20, 10:12 AM ET
NBA union investigating BDA's dealings with Mayo
ESPN.com news services
O.J. Mayo is already drawing NBA interest that has nothing to do with his draft lottery status.
The National Basketball Players Association is investigating Bill Duffy Associates Sports Management to see whether the organization gave money to the former USC guard to secure him as a client, Robert Gadson, the union's director of security and agent administration, told ESPN.
The Sports Business Journal first reported the investigation.
ESPN's "Outside the Lines" ran a story last week in which a former confidant of Mayo, Louis Johnson, claimed that the agency gave more than $250,000 in cash and gifts to Rodney Guillory in order to secure the player.
"I have yet to receive anything and when I do, I will respond accordingly," Duffy said, according to SBJ.
The NBPA prohibits agents from giving money or items of value to athletes to influence the choice of representation.
"We do not comment on pending investigations," NBPA director of communications Dan Wasserman said, according to SBJ.
Mayo, who played only one season for the Trojans, is projected to be a lottery pick in the upcoming NBA draft.