Hornets' Malik Monk suspended indefinitely for violating NBA's anti-drug program





Hornets guard Malik Monk was finally starting to put it all together as an NBA player over the past few weeks. He is averaging 17 points per game on relatively efficient shooting numbers in his past 13 games, and on Tuesday even made his first career start. That progress will now have to be put on hold, though, as Monk has been suspended by the NBA for violating the league's anti-drug program.
His suspension will last "until he is determined to be in full compliance with the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program," and he will not be paid during his suspension. It is not yet known what substance or substances Monk took that led to the violation. He has not been suspended for violating the league's drug policy in the past, nor has the league specified what it would take for Monk to be in compliance with it. 
The indefinite nature of this suspension, though, suggests that this is a serious offense. First offenses for performance-enhancing drugs carry a 25-game suspension, but the league defined instance as a violation of the league's anti-drug program. Marijuana violations, for instance, do not carry a suspension until the third offense, and even then it is only for five games. 

Hornets' Malik Monk suspended indefinitely for violating NBA's anti-drug program Hornets' Malik Monk suspended indefinitely for violating NBA's anti-drug program Reviewed by Anson Moore on February 26, 2020 Rating: 5

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