Tony Allen is playing the fewest minutes of his career, scoring the fewest points of his career and his team is in last place while the team he chose to leave is tops in the Eastern Conference. Some frustration from him would be understandable.
Yet, that frustration boiled over during a card game with teammates Monday on a team flight, as the 28-year-old Allen got into an altercation with O.J. Mayo, according to Adrian Wojnaroski of Yahoo Sports.
"Mayo owed Allen money from a card game, 'Boo-Ray,' and sources said Mayo became increasingly belligerent and antagonistic toward Allen when asked to settle the debt," Wojnaroski reporterd. "Sources said Allen walked away from Mayo to go the restroom and returned to find Mayo continuing to berate him. Eventually, Mayo inched close to Allen, and sources said Allen hit Mayo."
It was apparently more than just a little dust-up between friends, as Mayo missed Tuesday night's game against the Thunder. The team said his absence was due to bronchitis, but sources told Yahoo it was due to the fight.
"The club considers the matter closed and will not comment further," Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said in a statement released by the team.
Interestingly enough, Wojnaroski reports that Boo-Ray is the same game that prompted Gilbert Arenas to bust out his guns last year, costing the then-Wizards star a suspension that ran from January through the end of the season.