Thursday, January 27th, 2011 at 5:03 pm  |  39 responses

OJ Mayo Gets 10-Game Drug Suspension

For testing positive for the over-the-counter supplement DHEA, OJ Mayo will serve a 10-game suspension, beginning this Friday. Per the Memphis Commercial Appeal: “The NBA announced today that Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo has been suspended without pay for 10 games for violating the terms of the league’s anti-drug program. His violation of the program involved a positive test for dehydroepiandrosterone. DHEA is commonly available in health food stores and pharmacies. It is a steroid hormone that acts on the body much like testosterone. [...] ‘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,’ Mayo said 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.’”

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  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    i wish it was permanent…but back to this, wonder what he did? banned substance im guessing

  • RunNGun

    According to Art Garcia: [ https://twitter.com/ArtGarcia_NBA ] It is substance abuse related.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    MEMPHIS, TENN. (AP) —The NBA has suspended guard O.J. Mayo(notes) 10 games without pay for violating the league and union’s anti-drug program with a positive test.

    The league announced the suspension Thursday for Mayo’s positive test for dedehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Mayo’s suspension will start Friday night when the Grizzlies visit Philadelphia.

    Mayo said in a statement released by the team that he is extremely disappointed he will miss 10 games as the Grizzlies are making a push for the playoffs. He blames an over-the-counter supplement for containing a substance banned by the NBA and calls it an “honest mistake.”

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    wish it was permanent? What kind of comment is that? Anyway: “NBA suspends Memphis guard O.J. Mayo without pay for 10 games after a positive test for dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).”

  • http://slamonline.com fut.

    Took some DHEA according to NBA.com

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/2011 Diesel

    I think he took DHEA

  • Toronto

    of course it was an honest mistake….What NBA player would ever lie

  • APS

    Gosh, one wonders if this’ll ruin his sterling rep with the non-Slam/Dime reading crowd.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Wait, where does it say he took DHEA?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    JK… Looks like SLAM updated the news earlier, so my “joke” doesn’t exactly work.

  • slamfan4life

    BOGUS, wish him the best

  • Oli

    oj making sure he won’t get traded…

  • http://hoopedia.nba.com/index.php?title=Russell_vs._Wilt nbk

    The real thing players are using for performance enhancement?…………deer antler spray, believe me or not, won’t change that its the truth. And its just as potent as HGH

  • RyanT

    OJ Mayo took roids?! wow, not too sure about his gym ethic or he should be looking like LeBron James!

  • RyanT

    Hmm..not saying LeBron takes roids…He just is a physical specimen

  • RyanT

    Hmm…not saying LeBron James takes roids…just he is a physical specimen

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Gotta love the ‘I did not know’ excuse. So you got hold of this stuff – or used something that had it in it – and simply hoped it’d be ok? If you’re sincere, then why not get any supplements or whatnot checked out before taking them?

  • LeBron de Con

    I didn’t take no roid, so check that ish.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    DHEA is an easy drug to take by accident. Go to any ‘health-food’ store and look at natural weight loss pills, energy pills or anything for ED. Not saying Mayo did/not know what he was taking was in violation of the rules, but DHEA is a common drug and would be easy for him to ‘innocently’ take.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    The nupe is exercizing his common sense. …… Oj should have ran the supp by a grizz trainer frst. ……. Nbk, evidence or youre just makn ish up

  • r2j

    This has blow written all over it.Grizzles lost their starting SG. Xavier Henry this is your chance.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Google it Tarzan

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/media/slam-tv/2010/08/video-michael-jordans-love-of-the-game/ notblack

    This DHEA doesnt eeven make you gain any muscle. It just makes your brain sHARPER.

  • the nerve

    cook coke crack

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Free OJ, I hope Memphis trades him. I tell people all the time he is a poor man’s Kobe, until he can find a team that will use him right and have a coach that understands the game. Any team that is promoting Gay as your best player is awful. BOOK IT!!

  • Omar

    Can’t think of a player having a worse year than this dude.

  • PapaBearATL

    DHEA seems to be banned by a lot of sports organizations, but it is sold in every health food store, it’s not a steroid, more like a pre-cursor I guess. It’s not like he flew down to Mexico and copped a bunch a roids. The label seems harmless enough, I have some in my supplement cabinet.

  • http://www.collegemixes.com Chill

    DHEA is nothing to trip about. A lot of people take it because its GOOD for you.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Ouch… More playing time for Zawveeay, I guess..?

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @Omar yeah, feel bad for the kid…hopefully he can get everything straightened out and back on court…he has been having a tough go of things

  • Towelie

    I thought this article would be about OJ Mayo doing purple dank or purple drank…This article disappointed me.

  • Kas

    “I didn’t know i couldn’t do that officer”. -Chappelles friend Chip

  • dahon

    come to chicago…you will learn how to play D.!

  • RobbieJay

    i didnt know what the drug was until i later looked it up

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    Too bad it wasn’t performance enhancing, maybe Xavier Henry would get less of your minutes.

  • Red Star

    Fixing the refereeing problem is way more important than policing for banned substances. If this stuff really helped everyone would be doing it.
    That’s my two cents!

  • Joe

    Its funny how he was taking performance enhancing drugs and still is on the worst cold spell of his life, i mean 0 for 4 for 0 points thats probably never happened in his life before

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