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After a year-long drug abuse ban, NBA player Jalen Harris signs with the Knicks.

by Therin Miller | October 05, 2022

Guard Jalen Harris has joined the New York Knicks more than a year after the NBA suspended him for breaking the organization's drug policy.

In 2021, the former Toronto Raptor guard received a one-year suspension. The NBA declined to specify which drug or drugs were to blame; nonetheless, it's possible that cocaine, meth, heroin, and prescription medications like Xanax and Oxycodone were involved.

Players are rarely penalized in this way by the NBA. Tyreke Evans (2019), O.J., and other individuals have previously served one-year or longer drug suspensions. 2016's Mayo and Chris Anderson (2006).

The NBA hasn't conducted a cannabis test in the previous two years.

Out of the University of Nevada - Reno, Harris was selected by the Raptors in the second round of the 2020 NBA Draft. In his rookie year, he only played 13 games and averaged 7.4 points per game.

According to Jasmin Duale's article on Yahoo, "It's not entirely clear who these policies of prohibition benefit." "Punishment that goes beyond counseling and a suspension with a rehab component can read as cruel."


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