The NBA has dismissed and disqualified O.J. Mayo from the league for violating the terms of its anti-drug program, Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated reports (via Twitter). The shooting guard will be eligible to apply for reinstatement in two years, Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today tweets. It’s unclear exactly what drugs Mayo allegedly had in his system to prompt such a response from the league, though early indications are that it was a “drug of abuse,” and not PEDs or marijuana.
The timing could not have been worse for Mayo, who is an unrestricted free agent, given the magnitude of the contracts reportedly agreed upon thus far. But financial concerns aside, one hopes that this will act as a wake-up call for the player and he will be able to get his life and career back on track. It’s unclear if the NBPA with file an appeal on his behalf at this time. The guard previously tested positive back in 2011 for dehydroepiandrosterone, an over-the-counter steroid precursor, Ken Berger of CBSSports notes (on Twitter).
Mayo, 28, appeared in 41 games for Milwaukee this season and averaged 7.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 26.6 minutes per outing. His shooting line was .371/.321/.775.