Teams hoping to scoop up O.J. Mayo during the free agency window will have to wait. The 28-year-old swingman has been suspended for two years from the NBA. The league made the announcement Friday, citing violations of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.
The league did not release details of the infractions that led it to issue what appears to be the longest suspension in its history, short of a lifetime ban.
The third overall pick in the 2008 draft, Mayo has played eight seasons for three different teams, the Memphis Grizzlies, the Dallas Mavericks and, most recently, the Milwaukee Bucks. He has career averages of 13.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per game, with a three-point percentage of 37.3 percent. He’s made the playoffs three years, including for Memphis in 2011 and 2012 and for Milwaukee in 2015.
This is not the first time Mayo has run into problems for banned substances. In 2011, the NBA suspended Mayo for 10 games after the player tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Mayo denied any wrongdoing, blaming an energy drink for testing positive for dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).
“I didn’t know [the drink] had any bad substances in it, and it caused a 10-game suspension,” Mayo said at the time (via ESPN). “It’s not like I went to a GNC and got some Muscle Armor or ordered some supplement off the Internet or anything. It was just a local gas station that kind of got me hemmed up.”
Mayo has not commented on his latest suspension.
The Internet has, however, including a jokester, who quickly edited Mayo’s Wikipedia page.
Others pointed out the high expectations that once sat on Mayo.