This is getting funnier every day. There is a huge article in the LA Times today with comments from OJ Mayo's NBA agent. LaPoe Smith is out there spinning this argument on behalf of the most famous basketball player ever to come out of cross town:
"O.J. Mayo was totally in the dark about anything happening inappropriately at USC," said Smith, who described himself as a longtime member of Mayo's inner circle. "He always wanted to go to USC, and it had nothing to do with Rodney Guillory. . . . O.J. just wanted to come to California, and whatever Rodney did to manipulate the situation he did on his own."
In other words he didn't deny anywhere in that article that OJ2 had never been beneficiary of illegal benefits (he is just trying to thread the needle by saying OJ didn't do anything "inappropriate" while "at USC." Aaah, yeah ok. Whatever. That's not the funniest part of the story. This is the part that is beyond comical (emphasis added):
Smith also said he was not aware of a connection between Mayo and Scott Schenter, a Santa Monica businessman whose relationship with a star USC football player is being investigated.
Schenter is the registered owner of a 2006 Land Rover that was recently being driven by Joe McKnight, the Trojans starting tailback. Schenter is also the registered owner of a 1992 Mazda Miata that he equipped with a vanity license plate, OJMAYO.
Schenter said in California Department of Motor Vehicles records obtained by The Times that a company refurbished the car with a new gold paint job, tires and a modified interior and exterior. A DMV official said Schenter applied for the personalized plate in May 2007 and took possession in September 2007.
USC held McKnight out of the Trojans' Emerald Bowl victory against Boston College last month while it investigated his relationship with Schenter, who has marketing interests in his background.
Schenter at one time owned the Internet domain names 4joemcknight.com and ojaymayo.com. USC spokesman Grant said he "had never heard" of any link between Schenter and Mayo.
Oh man. Where do we start here? This is the same Schenter who explained away by pointing out how he was a huge Washington Huskies fan. For a Washington Huskies fan he surely seemed pretty invested in the most recognizable athletes to come out of the Southern Cal program from last 5 years.
Guess the only alibi here is there is just no way, I mean no way OJ2 drive around (with his Boss Momma) in a pimped up 1992 Mazda Miata. I mean come on. I don't want to blog about this stuff but seriously can you blame us if they keep teeing it up like this. LOL.
Again if this kind of connection can be spotted by LAT's "reporting" imagine the stuff one can dig up if they conducted actual investigations into the pit that is Garrett's "athletic program" at U$C*.