NBA Bans Raptor Jalen Harris for Drug Abuse

Banned NBA hoopster Jalen Harris

Considered to have a lenient anti-drug policy, the NBA is still serious about substances other than marijuana. Toronto Raptors guard Jalen Harris has been suspended for one year for violating the league's policy. The NBA did not say what drug or drugs were the cause; the possiblities include cocaine, meth, heroin and prescriptions like Xanax and Oxycodone.

The NBA rarely punishes players in this fashion. Previous one-year or multi-years drug suspendees include Tyreke Evans (2019), O.J. Mayo (2016) and Chris Anderson (2006).  

Harris was drafted by the Raptors in 2020 in the second round out of the University of Nevada - Reno. He only played 13 games in his rookie season, averaging 7.4 ppg. 

"It’s not quite clear who these policies of prohibition benefit," Jasmin Duale writes at Yahoo. "Punishment beyond counselling and a rehab-focused suspension can read as cruel."

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