NBA Bans OJ Mayo After Testing Positive for Banned Substances
Free agent guard O.J. Mayo has been given a 2-year ban by the NBA. He is a repeat offender of the NBA’s anti-drug policy. Back in 2011, Mayo was suspended 10 games due to testing positive for PEDs.
This time it appears he tested positive for a different type of banned substance. The league is not allowed to release specific details of what a player tests positive for. However, per the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, Mayo would have received a 2nd suspension had it been due to PED use.
A 2-year disqualification from the league is the mandatory penalty for a “drug of abuse.” The substances that fall into this category are LSD, PCP, amphetamine, methamphetamine, MDMA, cocaine, and opiates such as heroin or morphine.
The NBA released the following statement regarding Mayo:
“The NBA announced today that free agent O.J. Mayo has been dismissed and disqualified from the league for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program. Under the Anti-Drug Program, Mayo is eligible to apply for reinstatement in two years. The NBA, NBA teams, and the Players Association are prohibited from publicly disclosing information regarding the testing or treatment of any NBA player under the Anti-Drug Program, other than to announce a player’s suspension or dismissal from the league.”
Mayo was the 3rd overall pick out of the University of Southern California in 2008. He never fulfilled lofty expectations, but has been a serviceable role player for the Milwaukee Bucks the past 3 seasons. He is eligible to apply for reinstatement when he will be 30 years old.
Michael Jordan is about the only example of a guard on the wrong side of 30 being out of the NBA for 2 seasons and returning with success. In addition to age and rust, teams will consider the obvious red flags associated with being a repeat violator of the NBA’s drug policy.
This may be the last we’ve seen of O.J. Mayo.
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