The NBA announced early on Friday afternoon that free agent guard OJ Mayo, who last played for the Milwaukee Bucks, has been “dismissed and disqualified” from the league. He will be eligible to apply for reinstatement in two years. No specifics on Mayo’s dismissal were provided, but this isn’t the first time the 28-year-old has violated the NBA’s drug policies. In 2011, he received a ten-game suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. But since a second positive test for PEDs would also carry a suspension, it appears that Mayo had been using a “Drug of Abuse,” as defined by the NBA’s Anti-Drug Program.

Zero tolerance for “Drugs of Abuse”

The Anti-Drug Program lists amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, opiates (heroin, codeine, morphine), and PCP among its so-called “Drugs of Abuse.” Testing positive for these substances would merit an immediate dismissal from the NBA, with the option to apply for reinstatement in two years. Conversely, PEDs follow a “three strikes and you’re out” rule, with the first two positive tests for the substances warranting suspension, and the third warranting dismissal and the same option for reinstatement after a two-year period. As for marijuana, the NBA’s policy is considerably more lenient, with positive tests for cannabis warranting fines for the first two offenses, then progressively longer suspensions for subsequent offenses.

Veteran guard had been on the decline

Although Mayo won’t be exactly considered old when he is eligible to apply for reinstatement, the eight-year NBA veteran’s career has been an uneven one, with his performance having declined progressively over the past three seasons. The 2015-16 season with the Bucks marked the first time Mayo, who was picked third overall in the 2008 NBA draft, averaged less than double figures.

Starting only 24 out of the 41 games he played in, Mayo averaged 7.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.9 assists, shooting just 37.1% from the field.His best season came as a rookie with Memphis, where he averaged 18.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists as the Grizzlies’ starting shooting guard in the 2008-09 season.

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