Rashard Lewis discusses O.J. Mayo's drug suspension
It's O.J. Mayo bobblehead night in Memphis, but the Grizzlies third-year guard was not available against the Wizards as he served the second game in a 10-game suspension for violating the NBAs Anti-Drug program. Mayo tested positive for dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a performance-enhancing chemical that is contained in several over-the-counter supplements.
Mayo received his suspension on Thursday, which immediately brought up the name of Wizards forward Rashard Lewis, who tested positive for DHEA and was suspended for the first 10 games last season, when he was a member of the Orlando Magic.
"From here on out, rest of my career, anybody get caught, my name will get brought up," Lewis said before the Wizards played the Grizzlies.
Lewis said he was "shocked" when he received the suspension, which was the result of a urine sample he provided during the playoffs before the Magic reached the NBA Finals in 2009. "I'm still skinny as hell. There's a number of other things that will tell you that I'm most definitely not on no steroids."
Mayo told reporters in Memphis on Saturday that he bought an energy drink at a gas station that contained the substance. Lewis wasn't aware of Mayo's explanation, but he heard his initial statement.
"I read his comments at the bottom of 'SportsCenter' -- 'It was a total honest mistake.' I can relate," Lewis said about Mayo. "It's so much stuff on the banned list and they add new stuff every year, from the biggest things to some of the smallest things. After my incident, I was told that you really have to pay close attention to what you purchasing, even if it's out of a Walgreens or a supplement store or GNC, anything, from cough medicine. It can be on the list. You have to get everything checked, over the counter stuff that you purchase."
Lewis lost more than $1.6 million because of the suspension and said he has been more careful about what he puts into his body. "Ever since then, [I've been] very, very cautious of any type of medicine I take, coming from the trainers, something I buy from over the counter. If I do [buy a supplement], I give it to the trainer, have it checked out or call the NBA. I've always called the trainer and ask, 'Am I able to take it?' Is it something that's on the banned substance list?' "
Lewis said he understands what Mayo is dealing with it. "It's something that happened to him, it's something that happened to me last year, so you flunk a test, you've got to serve a suspension. I went through a number of meetings with the people [with the league]. They knew it was a total accident. They was behind me 100 percent. They was willing to let me go, but it's in the rules and they can't bend the rules. It was something they had to do and I'm sure it was probably the same situation with him."
| January 29, 2011; 8:02 PM ET
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