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Grizzlies ban gambling after in-flight fight

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins has banned gambling on flights for Memphis after a fight between Tony Allen and O.J. Mayo on board an airplane during a return trip from Los Angeles.

Team spokesman Dustin Krugel said Wednesday the Grizzlies will allow "no more gambling" on flights. Their next road trip begins Friday night after hosting the Utah Jazz.

The team released a statement early Wednesday morning confirming that Allen and Mayo had a "brief altercation" on the charter flight back to Memphis on Monday from Los Angeles. The Grizzlies spent the night in California after beating the Lakers, 104-85, on Sunday.

General Manager Chris Wallace did not immediately return a message left Wednesday by the Associated Press, but said in the statement the club considers the matter closed.

The Commercial Appeal first reported the gambling ban on team flights. Hollins told the paper that he treated the incident like a blowup during practice -- with a lecture and having both players apologize.

"We're in a confined airplane, and things get heated. I'm done with it. No more gambling," Hollins told the newspaper. "I told my guys if they read a book, that would be good."

The NBA has not ruled whether Allen or Mayo will face punishment from the league.


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