O.J. Mayo banned from NBA

Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
16 Comments

O.J. Mayo won’t cash in on the windfall of 2016¬†free agency.

The former Bucks guard has been banned from the NBA.

NBA release:

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 suspended 10 games for using a steroid in 2011, but the typical sequence of punishment for steroid violations is 20 games, 45 games, dismissal from the league.

Testing positive for a drug of abuse — amphetamine, methamphetamine, MDMA, cocaine LSD, opiates heroin, codeine, morphine or PCP — can trigger an automatic dismissal and disqualification.