NBA Suspends J.R. Smith For Drug Policy Violation

J.R. Smith

The 2013 NBA season is about two months away, and New York Knicks’ guard J.R. Smith is already in trouble.

According to ESPN.com, the flamboyant NY guard has been suspended, without pay, for five games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program, the league announced Friday (September 6).

While the NBA declined to comment on specifics, a summary of the program provided by the league states that a third positive test for marijuana results in a suspension that is “five games longer than the player’s immediately-preceding marijuana suspension,” which is the only scenario under which a five-game ban is administered.

The suspension is Smith’s first under the Anti-Drug program, although he’s been suspended several times throughout his career for other infractions — including fights and an elbow during the 2013 playoffs.

Smith is recovering from offseason knee surgery and wasn’t expected to be ready for the beginning of the regular season anyway. However, his begins with the first game for which he is eligible and physically able to play.

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