O.J. Mayo as a Buck
O.J. Mayo remains out of the league. USATSI

Former Milwaukee Bucks guard O.J. Mayo, who in July was suspended for at least two years for violating the NBA's anti-drug program, told TMZ that he'll "be back soon," adding that he has already appealed the league's decision.

This is a bit confusing, though. TMZ quotes Mayo as saying the appeal process is "in the works," but in the video it sounds a lot like, "It didn't work." That's an important distinction -- if it didn't work, then "soon" might actually just mean "two years," which is when he can apply to be reinstated.

Here's the video:

You'll note that Mayo also said that he will tell his side of the story soon and he "just had foot surgery." Back in March, the Bucks announced that Mayo was out for the season because he had fractured his ankle, having "accidentally tripped descending his stairs at home."

Mayo, 28, would have been a free agent this summer if he had not been dismissed and disqualified from the league.