OJ Mayo has had a difficult season with the Memphis Grizzlies. He has lost his starting job and has seen his name appear in countless trade rumors. Now, OJ Mayo has made things even more difficult for himself. The Grizzlies guard tested positive for DHEA, a steroid precursor, and has been suspended ten games by the NBA. Though not illegal, the NBA strictly prohibits DHEA. As you might guess, Mayo says it was an accident.
Said Mayo in a press release: “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.”
After averaging 18 points per game over his first two seasons in the NBA, Mayo is averaging only 12.2 points on a career-low 40.8% shooting from the field. After starting all but one of his first 164 games in the league, Mayo has already come off the bench 30 times this season.
Mayo won’t be eligible to return to NBA action until February 15th when the Grizzlies take on the Philadelphia 76ers.