Arraignment date set for Hawks’ Scott (updated)

Mike Scott has an arraignment date of July 12 for his arrest on felony drug charges last year.

A notice of arraignment filed with the Banks County Superior Court calls for an 8:30 a.m. hearing. At that time, Scott will be formally advised of the charges against him and will be asked to enter a plea.

A notice of accusation was filed by the Banks County District Attorney’s office against Scott, a Hawks forward, on May 26.

Scott faces up to 25 years in prison on the two felony drug charges. He was arrested, along with his younger brother, on July 30 after a traffic stop along I-85 in Homer. In the vehicle, police found 35.2 grams of marijuana and 10.9 grams of Schedule I drug MDMA, known as Molly. The charge on the MDMA carries a sentence of up to 15 years. The charge on the marijuana carries a sentence of up to 10 years, according to Georgia statutes. The drugs were sent to an independent lab for verification and the results have been returned to the district attorney’s office ahead of the filing of the notice of accusation.

Scott’s contract with the Hawks, which will pay in $3.3 million next season, becomes guaranteed July 10. He faces disciplinary action from the Hawks and the NBA, including up to a two-year suspension.

O.J. Mayo, a free-agent guard, was dismissed and disqualified from the NBA for violation of the drug program, the league announced Friday. He is eligible for reinstatement in two years.

According to the NBA’s Anti-Drug Policy, such a suspension comes from a positive test for a “drug of abuse” listed as amphetamine and its analogs (including, but not limited to, methamphetamine and MDMA), cocaine, LSD, opiates (heroin, codeine and morphine), and PCP. The policy also states that a player will also be dismissed and disqualified from the NBA if he is convicted of, or pleads guilty, no contest or nolo contendere to, a crime involving the use or possession of a drug of abuse.