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O.J. Mayo suspended 10 games for PEDs violation

Posted on: January 27, 2011 5:04 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2011 5:45 pm
Report states Memphis guard O.J. Mayo to be suspended for 10 games. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Update 5:07 p.m. EST: From a league press release: 
The NBA announced today that O.J. Mayo of the Memphis Grizzlies has been suspended without pay for 10 games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program. His violation of the program involved a positive test for dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).

DHEA is famous as the substance Rashard Lewis was supsended for in 2009. It's not considered to have substantial effects on improvement, and does exist in several substances, but is clearly banned by the NBA, and as such, Mayo has no such excuse for not checking whatever it was he took. It should be noted DHEA is also a naturally occurring chemical produced by the adrenal gland, the brain, and the gonads.  Still, after last year's suspension of Lewis, each player should have been aware to be on the look out for its existence in any supplement they were taking. The Grizzlies passed along the following statement from Mayo: 
“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. 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.”

The Grizzlies state that his next game will be against Philadelphia just before the All-Star break. There's got to be a sigh of relief from the Memphis front office since that's also conveniently before the trade deadline. O.J. Mayo isn't having as bad a season as Gilbert Arenas had last year, but he's still having a terrible year, on account of his own poor decisions. 

This is now the second violation over DHEA within a year and a half for the league.  This isn't exactly rampant, but it's a repeated issue and after the baseball disaster, the public is still touchy on the matter.  Either the league is going to have to adjust its stance on the chemical or provide the players with a higher awareness of its prevalence in over-the-counter supplements.   

Original Report: The Commercial Appeal is reporting that O.J. Mayo will be suspended for 10-games for an as-yet unspecified offense. Mayo famously clashed with Tony Allen on a team flight over a game of Bourre, leading to him getting decked by Allen.  Mayo has struggled this season, with Coach Lionel Hollins speaking publicly about his inability to play point guard despite time spent at the position in Summer League, then being benched to make up for the horrendous scoring gap on the Grizzlies' second unit.  Mayo has seemed at times unhappy with his direction on the team, particularly following Rudy Gay's max deal and the subsequent extension of Mike Conley for $40 million.

We'll update with more details as they become available. 
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2011 2:00 pm

O.J. Mayo suspended 10 games for PEDs violation

The Memphis Grizzleys are telling all their fans. ( HOLD THE MAYO )
a little humor( very little humor )

Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2011 1:48 pm

O.J. Mayo suspended 10 games for PEDs violation

Too bad their knuckleheaded GM traded Lowe for this clown.  And they could have drafted home town kid Evans instead of the project Thabeet, or whatever his name is.  They could have been like the Thunder and on the move.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2011 1:12 pm

O.J. Mayo suspended 10 games for PEDs violation

heisfiya, in addition to a shaky grasp on reality, you have a poor grasp of what PEDs are and how they work.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2011 11:29 am

O.J. Mayo suspended 10 games for PEDs violation

Any PROFESSIONAL player, and yes the KEY WORD there is professional, knows what he is putting in his body.  I don't beileve him or anyone else that says they "just didn't know".  With everyone looking out for drugs of all kinds, in all professional leagues, that's just not an excuse anymore.  So because he's stupid, and did a stupid thing, even though he is having a bad year, the team goes without for 10 games.  Wonder how the TEAM will feel if they miss the playoffs by just a few games, where he could have been the key to a win or two.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2011 10:14 am

O.J. Mayo suspended 10 games for PEDs violation

OJ + 32 + Southern Cal = TROUBLE!!!

Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2011 5:50 am

O.J. Mayo suspended 10 games for PEDs violation

Just because the human body produces it doesn't mean it's not a performance enhancing drug.  The body produces HGH and erythropoeitin (creates RBCs)? So do you suggest that they allow those to be made legal too? My guess is your answer would be no since they have become so famous for their use in baseball and cycling/endurance events.  A banned substance is a banned substance.

Since: Jan 28, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2011 5:20 am

O.J. Mayo suspended 10 games for PEDs violation

is this even worth writing an article about, its not even a performance enhancing drug and the fact that the body already produces it nulifies this stupid article, should we go looking at every substance an athlete takes in order to see if he/she is abusing ped's....that would be impossible. mayb it was just a simple mistake, these writers act as if they are the voice of the nation, as if they are not commiting any illegal activities, i would love to see whats in your closet of shame matt moore...

Since: Jan 27, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2011 10:37 pm

O.J. Mayo suspended 10 games for PEDs violation

I'm not shocked it was O.J. Mayo that was caught but I believe there has to be other guilty players.  I wrote about this on my blog at


Since: Jan 24, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2011 8:21 pm

O.J. Mayo suspended 10 games for PEDs violation

I didn't expect to see the word "gonads" in this article, but that's what I would blame.  It's my gonads, dammit!

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