Friday marks the start of NBA free agency, but the NBA just dropped the hammer on free agent O.J. Mayo for violating the league’s anti-drug program. Mayo can apply for reinstatement in two years.
The NBA released the following statement via Sports Illustrated‘s Twitter account:
BREAKING: O.J. Mayo has been “dismissed and disqualified” from the NBA for violating anti-drug program. pic.twitter.com/Y2iCeznJ6j
— SI NBA (@si_nba) July 1, 2016
While there have been no details about what exactly caused Mayo’s dismissal and disqualification from the NBA, Sports Illustrated NBA writer Ben Golliver tweeted some reasons for Mayo’s dismissal.
Under NBA’s anti-drug program, these things can get you “dismissed and disqualified” from the league… pic.twitter.com/4TzWwyIsF9
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) July 1, 2016
Mayo has career averages of 13.8 points, 2.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds, but has been a disappointment in his career in the NBA. He is a player that came into the league with so much upside and was selected with the No. 3 pick in the 2008 draft, but only played in 41 games for the Milwaukee Bucks this season.
The 28-year-old shooting guard has played for the Grizzlies (2008-12), Mavericks (2012-13) and Bucks (2013-16) in his NBA career.