O.J. Mayo has been suspended for 10 games for testing positive for a banned substance, the NBA announced Thursday. Mayo test positive for dehydroepiandrosterone, the league said in a release. That's the same substance that led to Rashard Lewis' suspension at the start of the 2009-10 season. Mayo's suspension will begin Friday.
It hasn't been a great season for Mayo, the No. 3 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He was involved in fisticuffs with teammate Tony Allen in early January. A card game went wrong, and Mayo ended up with head wounds bad enough that he missed the Grizzlies' next game with what the team called "bronchitis."
Mayo has had a rough season on the court, too. Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins pushed the three-year guard to a bench role behind Allen, Xavier Henry and Sam Young, three far less heralded roleplayers. Mayo initially struggled, but has been performing better of late as the Grizzlies press for the final playoff berth in the loaded West.