O.J. Mayo of Memphis Grizzlies banned after positive drug test

Memphis Grizzlies' O.J. Mayo has been banned for ten games after testing positive for steroids.

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Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan gets a rebound between Memphis Grizzlies' Zach Randolph and O.J Mayo (front) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, in Toronto.

Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo was suspended for 10 games after testing positive for a banned steroid, the NBA said on Thursday.

Mayo, taken with the third overall pick in the 2008 draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, said in a statement that the positive test was the result of taking an over-the-counter supplement that contained the banned steroid DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone).

"I'm extremely disappointed that I'm going to miss the next 10 games, particularly as our club is making a push for the playoffs," Mayo said in a statement.

"I had no idea that the over-the-counter supplement that I took was a substance banned by the NBA.

"It was an honest mistake, but I take full responsibility for my actions.

"I apologies to my fans, teammates and the Grizzlies organization for regrettably not doing the necessary research about what supplements I can put in my body."

Mayo, the runner-up to the Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose for the Rookie of the Year honors in 2009, has appeared in 45 games this season averaging 12.2 points.

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