Chris Andersen Banned from NBA for Drugs
The NBA announced today that Chris Andersen of
the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets has been dismissed and disqualified
from the league for violating the terms of the Anti-Drug Program agreed to
by the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association.
A veteran player such as Andersen who is dismissed from the league under
the Anti-Drug Program cannot apply for reinstatement for at least two
The NBA, NBA teams, and the Players Association are prohibited from
publicly disclosing information regarding the testing or treatment of any
NBA player under the Anti-Drug Program, other than to announce a player's
suspension or dismissal from the league.
This season for the Hornets, Andersen, whose nickname is the Birdman, was averaging 5.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.28 blocks on 57.1% shooting in 17.8 minutes per game.
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