New York Knicks announced on Friday that J.R. Smith will be suspended by the National Basketball Association (NBA) for five games for violating the league’s Anti-Drug Program.
Smith's recent encountered with the NBA is not his first. In July 2012, the NBA fined Smith $25,000 for twitting an "inappropriate" photo of a semi-nude woman, Tahiry, lying in bed, wearing thongs and watching a NBA game.
Smith who is rehabbing from a July knee surgery may not be ready for the season opener on October 30th. His suspension is without pay and starts only when he is fit to play. Smith signed a three-year, $18 million free-agent contract this offseason with an opt-out after Year 2.
According to the NBA’s marijuana policy:
“If a player tests positive for marijuana, or if he is convicted of, or pleads guilty to, the use or possession of marijuana, he will be required to submit to treatment, counseling, and aftercare testing in the program. A second violation will result in a $25,000 fine, and any subsequent violations will result in a suspension that is 5 games longer than the player’s immediately-preceding marijuana suspension. Players are subject to four random tests during the NBA season and also two random tests each offseason, the policy states.”
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