Knicks' Joakim Noah to be suspended 20 games for violating league drug policy

 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:45 am    Post subject: Knicks' Joakim Noah to be suspended 20 games for violating league drug policy

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Knicks’ Joakim Noah to be suspended 20 games for violating league drug policy


Joakim Noah hasn’t set foot on an NBA court since Feb. 4, and his season was all but ended when he had knee surgery at the end of February. Last summer, Phil Jackson took a $72 million gamble on an aging Noah that has not worked at all, and left New York with an anchor of a contract for three more seasons after this one.

Tomorrow it will be official Noah is done for this season, but not because of the Knicks or his injury.

During his recovery, Noah violated the NBA’s drug policy and will pay for a 20-game suspension, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

Noah tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement that is prohibited under the outgoing Collective Bargaining Agreement, league sources said.

Noah, 32, is expected to serve 10 games of the suspension to finish out the 2016-17 regular season and 10 games to start the 2017-18 season, league sources said.

The National Basketball Players Association’s investigation concluded that Noah hadn’t “knowingly or willingly” violated the policy and cooperated fully with the league’s probe, league sources said.

According to reports, this is not a substance banned in the new CBA that kicks in July 1, but was covered in the previous CBA. Over-the-counter supplements could be something put in his regular workout recovery drinks that he was unaware of, although we are unsure of the details.

Traditionally, the player has to be healthy enough to play before the league starts the suspension. Noah has been out for more than a month, but if a league doctor says he is healthy enough to play the then the clock on the suspension can start. The 10 games this season is no big deal for the Knicks, he wasn’t going to play anyway, but the 10 at the start of next season could sting (depending on how they plan to use him).
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:50 am    Post subject:

20 games...1/4 season... 1/4 salary lost?... $4500000?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:52 am    Post subject:

I'd take drugs too if I played for the Knicks.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:56 am    Post subject:

The hilarious part is these were considered performance enhancing drugs

He needs a refund.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:15 pm    Post subject:

LakerFan87 wrote:
I'd take drugs too if I played for the Knicks.
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I'd take drugs too if I played for the Knicks.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:01 am    Post subject:

Damn, I can't believe he's 32. Doesn't feel like those defeats of UCLA were that damn long ago on first thought.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:43 am    Post subject:

Those painful defeats still seem like yesterday.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:04 am    Post subject:

governator wrote:
20 games...1/4 season... 1/4 salary lost?... $4500000?


A. Sherrod Blakely: .@nyknicks Joakim Noah is suspended w/o pay for 20 games for testing positive for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033. – via Twitter SherrodbCSN

$4.5mil... for an over the counter supplement... ouch
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