OJ2 Breaks Hackett's Jaw During A 'Pickup Game'

The season hasn't even started yet the thugs from South Central are in mid-season form.

From the Trojan Times which mysteriously leaves OJ2's name out of its headline:

USC sophomore point guard Daniel Hackett will be sidelined at least six weeks after suffering multiple fractures of his jaw Thursday afternoon when he was struck by the elbow of teammate O.J. Mayo during a pickup game at the Galen Center.

Hackett said Mayo grabbed a rebound and turned to pass before smacking Hackett on the left side of his jaw. Hackett was taken to a hospital and had surgery Friday to wire shut his jaw, which was broken in three places.

"It's sore right now," Hackett said Saturday afternoon by telephone after returning to campus. "I can't eat, I can barely talk."

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Hackett, who started 16 games last season and averaged 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds, said he cannot practice for six weeks, meaning he will sit out the Trojans' opener Nov. 10 against Mercer at the Galen Center.

The Trojans' ball-handling duties probably will be split between Mayo and freshman Angelo Johnson in Hackett's absence. The NCAA Clearinghouse certified Johnson, a 5-10 guard from Simi Valley Stoneridge Prep, earlier this month.

Hackett said Mayo wrote him a note of apology and has checked in with him repeatedly since the accident.

Uhmmm ... why did the Juice Deuce have to write a "note of apology" if it was just an "accident"?

There are some rumors flying around that this was not exactly an accident and considering Hackett is kind of a thug s when it comes to trash talking, I am not exactly sure if this was just an "accident" as reported by the lapdogs covering the Trojan beat.


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