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1/29/2007 04:23:00 PM
Prep phenom O.J. Mayo was ejected from a high school game on Friday night in Charleston, W.V.
Yup. That's your potential No. 1 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, USC recruit O.J. Mayo, being led off the court of a high school game in West Virginia by police on Friday. The same week his Huntington High team was named No. 1 in the Rise/SI.com prep rankings, Mayo was whistled for two technical fouls in a win over state rival (Charleston) Capital High. The first was for taunting a rival player after a dunk, and the second was for further verbal sparring on the other end of the floor. In the process of disputing the calls, Mayo made contact with the ref, Mike Lazo -- and Lazo fell to the ground. The conflict then escalated to the point where you see Mayo above, making his best Jon Scheyer face on the way to the exit.
The (Huntington) Herald-Dispatch has been all over this story from the beginning, and while the initial reports seemed damning to Mayo, new details -- namely, videos of the incident -- make someone else look foolish: the ref. The two Ts Lazo whistled were within reason, but what happened when he was approached by Mayo was both embarrassing and hilarious. Sorry, Lazo, but this looks like a flop straight from a Best Of Vlade Divac tape. Bill Bands, an attorney from Charleston who was at the game, told the paper, "I think O.J. Mayo should have controlled himself better. But this ref took a dive. He wasn't pushed. It wasn't that necessary. It was definitely the worst officiated game I've seen on any level."