The NBA today furnished the Memphis Grizzlies’ guard, OJ Mayo, with a 10 match ban after the star tested positive on a doping test. The NBA carries out regular screenings for illegal substances and Mayo tested positive for the drug, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).
Mayo isn’t the first to be found with DHEA in his blood stream and a number of sports stars have previously been suspended as a result. In 2009, Rashard Lewis, a member of the Orlando Magic at that time, tested positive for DHEA along with Manny Ramirez of Major League Baseball fame.
DHEA is a popular supplement used to aid muscle growth, although tests have proved that it may not be that good at doing so. It has also been linked to increased rates of cancer, including breast, ovarian and prostate.
On the plus side the compound has been used to treat lupus with moderate success, as a treatment for depression and to induce labour in birth.
The ban, which comes into effect on Saturday 29th January, 2011, comes at a bad time for the Grizzlies who visit the Philadelphia 76ers at the weekend. Mayo will be able to return to action on February 15th but losing their star guard is a major blow for a team with aspirations of a playoff place this season.
“I made a mistake and I take full responsibility for these errors. I apologize to the supporters, team-mates, and the Grizzlies organization because I did not check first whether consumption of supplements that I allowed or not,” said Mayo in an apologetic statement released today.
The news of the ban will upset many fans who may see their hopes of a successful season evaporating after Mayo’s lack of good judgement, but then again, it’s a team game and one man cannot be held responsible for the fate of the group.
Mayo is currently ranked second for the Rookie of the Year award, sitting tidily behind Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls.
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