The NBA has worked hard to get its drug issues under control. Back in the 1970’s and 1980’s, cocaine abuse was rampant. These days, the only drugs being used are probably pot and other small-time recreational relaxants and nothing quite so serious or potentially deadly. (They may also be using PEDs, but there’s no telling if that’s true or not due to league rules.) However, every so often there’s a relapse, and the National Basketball Association really hits hard on those issues. OJ Mayo has been banned for two years from the NBA.
Mayo, who had been with the Milwaukee Bucks for the past three seasons, will now be out of the NBA for the next two years. According to the rules, Mayo won’t be eligible to rejoin the NBA until the 2019-20 season, when he’ll be roughly 30 years old. The ban will not be able to be shortened per NBA and NBA Player’s Association rules. The drug ban isn’t for performance-enhancing drug issues, but recreational drugs. The NBA won’t announce what the details are, but according to the rules, the substance must have been something recreational, like cocaine, LSD, or opiates.
The last player to be hit with a drug ban was Chris Andersen, who missed the 2006 through 2008 seasons.
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