O.J. Mayo to appeal his drug suspension, says he’ll “be back soon”
While the rest of the NBA was busy signing enormous free agent contracts this summer, O.J. Mayo was hit hard by the league’s Anti-Drug program. On July 1st, the NBA officially “dismissed and disqualified” Mayo for violating the terms of the aforementioned drug program, making him the 11th player to ever receive such a ban.
Under the rules of his disqualification, Mayo can apply for reinstatement in two years, forcing him to miss at least a pair of prime years from his career (he’s currently 28). No further details about his Mayo’s alleged drug use were disclosed.
Mayo, who played in 41 games for the Milwaukee Bucks last season, doesn’t see it going that far.
Recently, TMZ Sports caught up with O.J. and asked him about the suspension. According to Mayo, he won’t be away from the court for long:
“I’ll be back soon… I’m already appealing, it’s in the works.”
Mayo added that he’ll eventually tell his side of the story, citing his recent foot surgery for his silence on the matter.
Even if Mayo successfully appeals, he already missed out on a fairly large pay day that would’ve come his way given the rise in the league’s salary cap. With little money left to spare, O.J. will be forced to settle for a much smaller figure if he’s reinstated.
His last contract, a three-year, $28 million deal with Milwaukee, expired after this past season.