Free agent and former Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Ovinton J’Anthony “O. J.” Mayo has been banned by the NBA, Friday after he violated the league’s anti-doping wellness policy.
The NBA issued a statement through ESPN’s Marc Spears and noted that the 28-year old Mayo has been dismissed and disqualified from the league for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program. The league noted that under the said program, Mayo can ask for a reinstatement after two years of serving the suspension.
“The NBA, NBA team and the Payers 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,” the NBA stated.
Spears added that the NBA also had a similar incident with Chris Andresen back in 2006. Then, 26-years old, Andersen was also dismissed in violation of which is possible grounds for expulsion from the NBA under the league’s collective bargaining agreement. On March 2008, the NBPA granted an Andersen’s request to be reinstated as an NBA player and was re-signed by his then former team, the New Orleans Hornets.
In Mayo’s case, this is the second time that he has been caught failing the anti-drug test of the league. In 2010, Mayo tested positive for the steroid dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), which violates the league’s anti-drug program. Mayo blamed an over the counter supplement that he didn’t know was banned by the NBA for the positive test, but he declined to say which supplement he used. He later said an unnamed energy drink he bought at a gas station contained the banned substance.
Bad news from Mayo, according to the CBA, reinstatement isn’t guaranteed. Based on the CBA rules “Reinstatement shall be granted only with the prior approval of both the NBA and the Players Association, which shall not be unreasonably withheld. The approval of the NBA and the Players Association shall rest in their absolute and sole discretion, and their decision shall be final, binding, and unappealable.”
During his stint with the Bucks, Mayo average 7.8 points, 2.9 assists and 2.6rebounds per game. Mayo was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 200 8 NBA Draft but was later traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. Aside from the Grizzlies, Mayo also served a call of duty with the Dallas Mavericks before ending up with the Bucks.
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