Grizzlies' Mayo banned 10 games after positive drug test

NEW YORK Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:46pm EST

Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo (L) works against the defense of Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd during the fourth quarter of NBA basketball play in Memphis, Tennessee January 4, 2009. REUTERS/Nikki Boertman

Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo (L) works against the defense of Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd during the fourth quarter of NBA basketball play in Memphis, Tennessee January 4, 2009.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - 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.

(Writing by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

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