Rodney Guillory, the events promoter in the middle of the O.J. Mayo scandal and ensuing sanctions at USC, says the NCAA defamed him and mischaracterized his relationship with Mayo (even though he wasn’t named in the NCAA’s report). So he’s doing what most mad people do today.
His $25 million suit against the NCAA claims defamation, false light invasion of privacy and negligent misrepresentation. Yes, Guillory gave Mayo guidance and monetary assistance, but it was years before the player arrived at USC, according to an L.A. Times story.
“The relationship that Rodney and O.J. had, it was akin to the relationship a student would have with an uncle or a close family friend,” Edward Y. Lee, Guillory’s attorney, told the paper.
“Rodney was providing a lot of things that [Mayo’s] own parents weren’t providing.”
Ummm ... yeah. Wasn’t that the whole problem?
The NCAA said it hasn’t seen the lawsuit yet, but is confident it did not defame Guillory. I’m confident this is a mess that won’t be resolved anytime soon.