O. J. Mayo Dismissed and Disqualified From NBA for Violating Drug Policy


Veteran NBA guard O.J. Mayo has been dismissed and disqualified from the league for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program, the league announced Friday afternoon.

Under the Anti-Drug Program, Mayo is eligible to apply for reinstatement in two years.

No further details regarding his dismissal were provided. Per league rules, the NBA, NBA teams and the Players Association aren’t allowed to publicly disclose information regarding the Anti-Drug program, other than to announce a player’s suspension or league dismissal.

However, the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement — which is a public document — lists the following “drugs of abuse” as prohibited substances: amphetamines and its analogs, cocaine, LSD, opiates (heroin, codeine and morphine), and PCP.

According to the CBA’s penalties, a player who tests positive for drugs of abuse will be dismissed and disqualified from the league. The length of the dismissal and disqualification (two years) is mandatory, and “may not be rescinded or reduced by the player’s team or NBA.”

However, according to the CBA, reinstatement isn’t guaranteed.

“Reinstatement shall be granted only with the prior approval of both the NBA and the Players Association, which shall not be unreasonably withheld. The approval of the NBA and the Players Association shall rest in their absolute and sole discretion, and their decision shall be final, binding, and unappealable.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, Jeff Zillgitt and AJ Neuharth-Keusch