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Mayo blames energy drink for positive test

Posted on: January 29, 2011 5:43 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Everyone has an excuse when it comes to testing positive for something. And most of the time, it's "But I didn't know!"

And that's exactly what O.J. Mayo is claiming with his positive test for dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) that got him a 10-game suspension. Mayo though, is taking it a step further. He says he thinks it was an "energy drink" that got him in hot water.

Mayo said he didn't know the drink "had any bad substances in it" and that it wasn't as if he "ordered some supplement off the Internet." Well then O.J., glad to have that cleared up.

Why though, is Mayo even trying to explain it to us? Most American sports fans are so conditioned to athletes' excuses that they just roll off our backs. It very well may have been an energy drink that got Mayo in trouble, but here's the thing: We don't care. This is basketball. It's not like we're keeping Mayo out of the Hall of Fame over it. He took an illegal supplement, got caught and now he has to sit out. End of story right there.

I'm sure Mayo is embarrassed and probably is desperate to clear up any thoughts that he's a cheater or something. But again, it's better to just say, "I'll be more careful in the future" and move on. We'll forget, I promise you. Heck, I had already forgotten about it by this morning until I saw the story about Mayo saying it was an energy drink. And now I'm sitting here writing about it.

I just watched Rashard Lewis play in Oklahoma City last night. Not once did I think, "Hey, he took DHEA! CHEATER CHEATER CHEATER!" It's just not something we really care about or really need an explanation of. Obviously he's going to be asked about it and instead of prolonging the story just say you don't know. Playing dumb almost always works. Except when I get pulled over. Then it NEVER works.

What energy drinks have DHEA in it? Most of the common ones like Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy, Amp, Rock Star, Monster and Full Throttle don't contain DHEA. So I don't really know what Mayo had. I don't know that calling him "O.J. Loco" from now on sounds like a lot of fun though.

Mayo's suspension started Friday night at Philadelphia and he will be eligible to return Feb. 15, also against the 76ers in Memphis.

Category: NBA

Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2011 6:17 pm

Mayo blames energy drink for positive test

well i can see him being shipped to another team before the deadline with this BS he's giving the grizzlies. the media is gonna be up there asses cuz of him and he's really not performing like the would like him to do. he's on the bench now and barely plays maybe they should've sent him to the nuggets.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2011 2:44 pm

Mayo blames energy drink for positive test

Dear flying_headbutt, you nailed the Mayo.  Thanks.  He may be a compulsive liar and like many ohters believes everyone else believes the lie too.

Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2011 12:32 pm

Mayo blames energy drink for positive test

THe problem with Mayo is that he apparently doesn't believe that his reputation for veracity has long been in the crapper. He, like the inimitable Tim Floyd, is in stubborn denial when it comes to his lack of integrity. He isn't alone in that regard, especially in our beloved little sports world. Don't pop a hernia laughing at this -- I never would expect this to happen -- but it would be refreshing to see guys like Mayo return to school and get a degree. He's one torn ACL from living in the streets, judging from his past actions. He has no other apparent life skills and is anything but inclined at working at it.

At least he can play cards well. 

Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2011 11:53 am

Mayo blames energy drink for positive test

Another "O.J." from the University of Southern California that finds it difficult to abide by the rules? I am shocked Surprised. NOT! One is already behind bars and this one (O.J. Mayo) is working his way there. I am sure that the Memphis Grizzlies have expert nutritionists and medical personnel on staff (that actually went to classes and earned their degrees) that he could have gone to with his lack of energy issues. I wish there was a way he could have his suspension extended for giving a lame reason for failing the test.

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2011 11:08 am

Mayo blames energy drink for positive test

I am sick and tired of this "I didn't know" BS that athletes try to pull over the eyes of fans.  You mean to tell me that you don't know the banned substances that you are told not to have and they you say "oh it's someone else's fault, it was in a drink I didn't know about." Come on, weak up, take the heat and move on!

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2011 10:55 am

Mayo blames energy drink for positive test

Once a Trojan, always a Trojan.  "Cheat On"

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2011 10:44 am

Mayo blames energy drink for positive test

Whether this is the truth or not, it is scary how our kids are walking into corner stores and buying up all these energy drinks. Who knows what is really in them (I know look at the label but that is usually a long list of loooong words) and if they are safe for 12 year olds (or anyone for that matter) to be drinking on a daily basis.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2011 10:39 am

Mayo blames energy drink for positive test

I said the same thing to the cop last night AND he still gave me a DUI.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2011 10:33 am

Mayo blames energy drink for positive test

Mayo blames energy drink for positive test

And Belichick claimed he misinterpreted the rule book. Wink

Same old, same old, it's never their fault. Frown

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2011 9:46 am

Mayo blames energy drink for positive test

I'm not even sure why this product is banned unlike the U.S. where it can be bought at any health food store you need a prescription to get it in Canada.  The fact is when you look the substance up it was once heralded as a wonder compound that helped everything.  Studies have shown that it might help with weighrt loss at very high doses and it has the opportunity to turn into estrogen twice before it has a chance to turn into testosterone.  So I'm not sure why this is onthe list but don't see many if any positive effects it's like losing a gold medal for testing positive for pot.

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