New Toronto Raptors head coach Helen Harris was suspended from the league for a year on Thursday for violating the NBA’s anti-drug program. “Athletic”.
The NBA has a strict anti-drug policy, but attitudes toward marijuana use have softened in recent years. The league has adopted three strike policies for marijuana offenses, but players have only one strike for “abuse addiction”. In addition, this is a five-game suspension for marijuana testing, in contrast to a two-year cessation of hard drug use.
Prohibited drugs included in the current CBA list include cocaine, ketamine, LSD, benzodiazepines, and opium. The NBA cannot disclose any information related to failed drug testing.
“The NBA, NBA teams and the NBPA are prohibited from disclosing to the public information about the testing or treatment of any NBA player under the anti-drug program, only that the player is excluded or expelled from the league. in addition to lending, ”the NBA said. a statement.
Typically, when a player fails a drug test, they receive a two-year disqualification. However, since Harris is a new player this season, his will will only last a year.
The Raptors selected Harris in the second round of last year’s call. He has made just 13 appearances for Toronto this season as he missed time with a hip injury. In those 13 games, he averaged 7.4 points per game.
However, in the last four games of the season, Harris has shown serious potential, averaging 18.5 points per game, three rebounds and three assists. He made two starts for the Raptors, including 31 points in his last game of the season.
Harris was supposed to be a limited free agent this season, but his contract was terminated due to a foul. The Raptors will retain their rights and Harris may decide to take him back once he is suspended.