The Facts Behind O.J. Mayo Getting Kicked Out of the NBA

The Facts Behind O.J. Mayo Getting Kicked Out of the NBA

Can he return?

Published July 1, 2016

Smarten up, O.J. Mayo.

The Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard and eight-year NBA veteran was ejected right out of the league Friday for violating its Anti-Drug Program policy, as reported by multiple outlets.

Just like that, Mayo, 28, won't be able to ball in the league for at least two years, at which point he will be able to apply for reinstatement. 

The NBA isn't messing around out here.

According to the Sporting News and under the guidelines of the NBA's Anti-Drug Program's policy, Mayo must have tested positive for a "drug of abuse." Under the program's bylaws, those drugs are described as “amphetamine and its analogs (including, but not limited to, methamphetamine and MDMA), cocaine, LSD, opiates (heroin, codeine and morphine), and PCP.”

What exactly Mayo was using isn't known at this time.

Mayo's two-year ban comes after he was suspended for 10 games in 2011 after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, which he blamed on an energy drink.

Since averaging 18.5 points per game as a rookie in the 2008-09 season, Mayo's production dropped down to just 7.8 points per contest last season.

This will likely be only the beginning of further developments in this story.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

(Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)


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