Tyreke Evans kicked out of National Basketball Association for violating drug program

Paola Ditto
Mag 18, 2019

According to a release, Evans, who spent last season in a largely reserve role for the Indiana Pacers, violated the NBA/NBPA's Anti-Drug Program, which carries a dismissal and disqualification from the league.

The CBA lists "marijuana and its by-products" under "prohibited substances", but not not as a "drug of abuse".

"We take these matters seriously and will reach out to Tyreke to offer our support".

Evans, 29, was the fourth overall pick by the Kings in 2009, and won the Rookie of the Year award in his first season, averaging 20.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game.

Evans played college basketball with the Memphis Tigers in the 2008-09 season. Chris "Birdman" Andersen, Stanley Roberts, Roy Tarpley (twice), Mitchell Wiggins, Lewis Lloyd, Michael Ray Richardson, Richard Dumas, Chris Washburn, Duane Washington and John Drew all received drug bans prior to Mayo and Evans. The veteran guard has played for the Kings, Pacers, New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies in his 10-year career, averaging 15.7 points, 4.8 assists and 4.6 rebounds in 30.7 minutes per game across 594 contests.

The 29-year-old guard averaged 10.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game for IN this season through 69 appearances including 18 starts.

A player can be reinstated only with the approval of both the NBA and the players' association.

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