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O.J. Mayo Disqualified from NBA for Drugs

Veteran NBA star O.J. Mayo has been disqualified and dismissed from the league for violating the NBA/NBPA’s drug policy, the league announced Friday.

USA Today reports that under the league’s 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 are not allowed to publicly disclose information regarding the program other than to announce a player’s suspension/dismissal.

The NBA’s collective bargaining agreement 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 agreement, a player who tests positive for drugs of abuse will be dismissed from the league. The 2-year length of the dismissal and disqualification is mandatory and “may not be rescinded or reduced by the player’s team or NBA.”

Reinstatement is not guaranteed.