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Mayo signs with new sports agent

Jun. 06, 2008 @ 01:17 PM

HUNTINGTON — O.J. Mayo has found a new agent.

"Leon Rose," revealed Mike Woelfel, the Mayo family’s lawyer in Huntington who is helping O.J.'s mother, Alisha, handle the basketball phenom's matters.

As a point of reference, Rose is NBA superstar LeBron James' agent.

"Team Mayo" signed with Rose Thursday during a meeting in Chicago.
Rose isn't Mayo's first agent, however.

The 6-foot-5 guard, who is expected to be a lottery pick in the NBA Draft on June 26, initially committed to Bill Duffy Associates Sports Management in Los Angeles after declaring for the draft.

But, then, a controversial report on ESPN's "Outside The Lines" quoted Louis Johnson, who was known to be a "runner" for BDA, as saying that Mayo's mentor, Rodney Guillory, had given the former Southern Cal standout money and gifts illegally.

The gifts and cash allegedly were enticements to coax Mayo into signing with Bill Duffy Associates, which he did.

Shortly after the allegations became public, Mayo severed his ties with BDA, however. That's when the search for a new agent began.

Rose was the front-runner from the beginning.