OJ Mayo Suspended 10 Games
Yesterday morning, I wrote about the Grizz needing to trade OJ Mayo.
Just a few hours later, reports surfaced that Mayo had been suspended 10 games by the NBA for violating the leagues performance enhancement guidelines. The Commercial Appeal’s Grizzlies beat reporter Ron Tillery broke the story just after 4 p.m. on the Memphis Edge. (The CA’s sports blog)
Mayo wasn’t caught taking steroids or anything like that, but rather an over-the-counter supplement that happened to trigger a positive drug test.
The supplement was an herbal drug called dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). This is available in health food stores and pharmacies. Mayo insists innocence:
“I’m extremely disappointed that I’m going to miss the next 10 games as our team is making a push for the playoffs. 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.” (in an interview with the CA)
It’s just another reason the Grizz need to move Mayo while he still has value. Just two seasons removed from finishing second to Derrick Rose in the NBA Rookie of the Year voting, Mayo has struggled to regain that form.