O.J. Mayo says he’s fighting his ban from the NBA after allegedly violating the league’s drug policy — and tells TMZ Sports he expects to be back on the court soon. The league handed down the punishment back in July — and said he’ll be eligible to apply for reinstatement in 2 years. The league has not released any details about the substance that triggered the violation.
But when we got Mayo out in L.A. Monday he told us he’s not taking the situation lying down — saying he filed an appeal and the process is already “in the works.” As for the alleged violation, Mayo says he will tell his side of the story soon — and noted that he’s been focused on recovering from recent foot surgery. Mayo is only 28 years old — and clearly isn’t ready to be done with basketball just yet.
Do not expect any disciplinary action by either the Warriors or NBA until Green resolves the matter in court. Early reports indicate the incident was relatively minor. Still, in the unlikely event that the NBA fines Green in excess of $50,000 or suspends him in excess of 12 games, he would have the right, under Article XXI of the CBA, to request a review from a neutral arbitrator. In contrast, if Green faces any lesser punishment, such a sanction could only be appealed to the commissioner.
As first reported and shown in the video above by TMZ, Young picked up a lit firework during a party on the 4th of July holiday only for it to blow up in his face. Young did not get hurt. The Lakers also do not plan to hurt him with any disciplinary action after putting himself in physical danger.