Dallas center Nerlens Noel and Utah forward Thabo Sefolosha have each been suspended five games without pay for violating the NBA’s anti-drug program, the league announced in a news release on Tuesday.
A player is suspended five games after his third positive test for marijuana, according to the NBA’s anti-drug program.
Following the first positive test, the player is required “to submit to treatment, counseling and aftercare testing in the program. A second violation will result in a $25,000 fine, a third violation will result in a five-game suspension, and any subsequent violations will result in a suspension that is five games longer than the player’s immediately-preceding marijuana suspension.”
Noel will begin his suspension with the Mavericks’ game Tuesday night against Portland, and Sefolosha, who is out with a knee injury, will begin his suspension when he is able to play.
Players are subject to nine random and unannounced drug tests during the season and offseason.
Monta Ellis and Reggie Bullock in June were suspended five games for violating the policy.
By: Jeff ZillGitt, USA Today Sports