O.J. Mayo receives two-year ban from NBA for violating anti-drug program

Former No. 3 overall draft pick O.J. Mayo has been “dismissed and disqualified” from the National Basketball Association for violating the league’s Anti-Drug Program.

The league announced the news in a memo on Friday.


Mayo will be allowed to apply for re-admission to the NBA after he serves a two-year layoff from the league.

In 2011, Mayo was given a 10-day suspension by the NBA for his first violation of the policy when he was a member of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Mayo has spent eight years in the NBA, beginning with the Grizzlies and ending with the Milwaukee Bucks, including a one-year stint for the Dallas Mavericks in between, where he played in all 82 regular season games.

Mayo has career averages of 13.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1 steal per game. He was set to become a free agent this summer, despite his poor showing throughout the 2015-2016 season.

More details are expected to be released regarding Mayo’s dismissal from the NBA.

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