|USC's Mayo might have broken NCAA rule by accepting Lakers tickets|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 23 January 2008 13:11|
Mayo told reporters Tuesday he had received the tickets, which were located behind courtside seats near mid-court at Staples Center and had a face value of $230 each.
``We don't know the specifics of the situation and won't be able to comment,'' NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson said Wednesday in an e-mail to The Associated Press.
USC sports information director Tim Tessalone declined comment on behalf of the university.
NCAA bylaw 18.104.22.168.3 states that student-athletes may not receive ``free or reduced-cost admission to professional athletics contests from professional sports organizations, unless such services also are available to the student body in general.''
The NCAA could consider Anthony a friend who gave Mayo the tickets rather than a representative of the Nuggets, perhaps making the matter legal by NCAA standards.
Mayo, averaging a team-leading 19.7 points and 4.6 rebounds, said Anthony made the offer of tickets at a party he hosted Sunday night.
``I was talking to him like, `Man, you're out pretty late. You've got a game tomorrow night against Kobe (Bryant),''' Mayo said. ``He said, `Nah, it will be all right.' And then he asked, `You want to come to the game?' And I was like, `Sure.'''