Indiana Pacers' Tyreke Evans dismissed from NBA for violating anti-drug program

Carrie Guzman
May 18, 2019

The NBA announced that Pacers guard Tyreke Evans has been dismissed and disqualified from the NBA for violating the terms of the NBA and NBPA's Anti-Drug Program.

The league announced that Evans had been dismissed and disqualified on Friday.

Per NBA policy, this ban applies to a drug of abuse, rather than a performance-enhancing drug. Under the terms of the policy, Evans tested positive for a "drug of abuse", and can apply for reinstatement in two years.

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 and offer our support", the statement reads.

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Players like O.J. Mayo, Chris Andersen and Michael Ray Richardson have also received similar punishment from the league.

The former NBA Rookie of the Year just completed his 10th season in the league.

Evans has played 10 seasons in the National Basketball Association and was Rookie of the Year in 2010. 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.

Evans was on deck to be an unrestricted free agent this summer after inking a one-year, $12.4 million deal last summer.

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