NBA, Players Association Agree to Eliminate Drug Testing During Hiatus
OJ Mayo is sitting somewhere fuming with jealousy.
On Monday, the NBA and the NBPA have reached an agreement to halt drug testing during the coronavirus hiatus. According to the current collective bargaining agreement, players are subject to undergo “six random, unannounced urine drug tests during each season and off-season”.
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It is an interesting agreement as marijuana, steroids, and PEDs are all part of the league’s anti-drug program. A positive heroin or cocaine test warrants an immediate two-year suspension from the NBA as well.
If the season is to be completed, the league currently plans to do so in empty arenas.
“The league, more than gate receipts ultimately, it’s getting the games on television,” said Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. “Whether it’s the regional networks and then the national deals that Turner, ESPN… Getting games in the postseason on TV and to that end, knowing that it is ‘likely’, ‘possible’, ‘certain’, wherever you want to fall on it, that if the games resume, they will probably do so without fans in the arena, at least initially.
Commissioner Adam Silver originally stated that the league will re-evaluate its options following the 30-day mark. On Sunday, the CDC recommended that no event holds more than 50 individuals for the next eight weeks, which likely pushes back the NBA’s return date even further.