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O.J. Mayo dismissed from NBA for violating Anti-Drug program

Mayo cannot return to the league for two years as a result of the dismissal.

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Former Buck and current free agent O.J. Mayo has been "dismissed and disqualified" from the NBA for two years after violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA's Anti-Drug Program, the league announced in a release this afternoon. Mayo can apply for reinstatement in two years, per the program.

Mayo had been suspended in 2011 for testing positive for PEDs, but this specific suspension does not signal a repeat offense. According to several reports, the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement states this type of punishment stems from testing positive for a "drug of abuse."

On March 10th, it was announced that Mayo would miss the rest of the season after fracturing his right ankle in a home accident. He did not return the rest of the season. Mayo played in 41 games in his final year of a three-year, $24 million contract he signed in 2013.

Mayo is the 12th player to receive the "disqualification" suspension, the first since Chris Anderson in 2006.