Raptors’ Harris disqualified from NBA after violating drug program – .

Raptors’ Harris disqualified from NBA after violating drug program – .

Toronto Raptors goalie Jalen Harris was reportedly fired and disqualified from the NBA for violating the terms of the league’s drug program, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Harris will be able to apply for reinstatement in a year.

Players are fired and disqualified under NBA drug policy after an individual tests positive for an “drug of abuse,” according to the collective agreement. The drugs on this list are very diverse, but they do not include marijuana or steroids, which have their own classification.

The specific nature of Harris’ violation was not disclosed.

A veteran player breaking the policy risks at least an automatic two-year dismissal. Because Harris was a rookie, the length of his layoff was only one year.

Dismissals for breaches of drug policy are rare in the NBA. Most recently, in 2019, Tyreke Evans was fired for violation. He can apply for reinstatement this year. OJ Mayo was banned in 2016 and, although he may apply for reinstatement, he has instead spent the last few seasons playing abroad.

As a result of Harris’ violation, his contract with the Raptors will be made null and void and he will enter Phase 1 of the league’s addiction program.

Harris, the Raptors’ 2020 second-round pick, was expected to be a restricted free agent. The Raptors will retain his rights and have a window to decide whether to sign him upon his reinstatement, according to Blake Murphy de l’Athletic.

Overall, in 13 regular season appearances, Harris has averaged 7.4 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists while battling injuries and spells of play in the G League. He ended the NBA campaign on a positive note, averaging 18.5 points per game in his last four games.


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