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Posted at 8:02 PM ET, 01/29/2011

Rashard Lewis discusses O.J. Mayo's drug suspension

By Michael Lee

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."

By Michael Lee  | January 29, 2011; 8:02 PM ET
Categories:  Rashard Lewis  
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BOOK gets 34 of burn tonight and goes 12 X 12. I like this guy. I'll keep my fingers crossed that SERAPHIN does as well by the end of this season. N'DIAYE ???? I see ARMSTRONG got 6 minutes,a rebound, and three fouls.......whew!

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 29, 2011 11:16 PM | Report abuse

LEWIS' drug problem...........old news. NEXT. How was his play at the four tonight? I missed the game.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 29, 2011 11:18 PM | Report abuse

About Javale: I guess I never saw his huge upside as a rookie.

In Mcgee's first 24 games, he had a 14pt game, a 9 def reb game, 4blk game...and a few games with similar production. It was immediately obvious where the upside was and why EG drafted him (aside from fact Roy was gone).

TBook has busted out..we've had a few games and seen some things that make the future look bright. Just like Javale's rook campaign.

Seraphin is still something of a mystery.

The mystery is if he has what it takes to be a real player in the nba. Through 23 games played, the young Frenchman has maxed out at 6pts and 3 def rebs. Paltry stuff compared to what Javale and TBook did in the same timeframe.

Doesn't mean Keveen wont bust out as well...but so far he's not yet shown he belongs. Hopefully he has a "breakout" game at some point in the near future, Flip should make it a point to get him 5-10mins a night the rest of the way. (sorry Yi, aint happenin)

Posted by: divi3 | January 29, 2011 11:36 PM | Report abuse

I am blogging everyday on the Wizards . . please show me some support!

Posted by: Sports4eva | January 30, 2011 11:20 PM | Report abuse

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