Alisha Mayo isn’t the only one receiving gifts this Mother’s Day.
Over the holiday weekend, her son O.J. Mayo received some not-so-good publicity from EastSidePN about gifts he allegedly received while attending USC his freshman year.
First Reggie Bush, now O.J. is finding himself in hot water over gifts he reportedly received as a Trojan.
Why isn’t this a surprise?
Division I college athletes have been receiving gifts for decades, especially at big-time college programs like USC. (I have a friend who played Division I water polo at a much smaller university who used to receive unmarked packages filled with money years ago, so you could only imagine what gifts basketball and football players might receive at a BCS program).
This is just one more “con” for the NBA’s 19-year-old draft rule, which forces should-be professional athletes to go the amateur route for one year despite the fact that many of the one-and-dones have little regard for NCAA rules and regulations and in turn cripple their college programs long after they’re gone.
USC men’s basketball program has already been sanctioned for failing to meet the APR standards, they have huge shoes to fill now that Mayo has declared for the draft, now they could be facing even bigger problems .