OJ Mayo's nightmare season gets worse, tests positive for DHEA
The NBA announced today that O.J. Mayo of the Memphis Grizzlies has been suspended without pay for 10 games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.
His violation of the program involved a positive test for dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Mayo’s suspension will begin with tomorrow night’s game between the Grizzlies and the Philadelphia 76ers.
“I’m extremely disappointed that I’m going to miss the next 10 games, particularly as our team is making a push for the playoffs," said Mayo in a statement. "I had no idea that the over-the-counter supplement that I took was a substance banned by the NBA. It was an honest mistake, but I take full responsibility for my actions. I apologize to my fans, teammates and the Grizzlies organization for regrettably not doing the necessary research about what supplements I can put in my body.”
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Today, OJ Mayo’s nightmare season got worse.
It began when he lost his starting position with the Memphis Grizzlies. Then he lost a fight with teammate Tony Allen over a gambling debt. And today, he was suspended ten games for using a banned substance.
Of course, Mayo’s name has also been bandied about the rumor mill for months now. The thrifty Grizzlies are hesitant to give the young swing a contract extension, and his suspension will only complicate their decision.
Bottom line: Mayo came into the league with much potential and promise. He has yet to fulfill it.
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