Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson Suspended 25 Games for Violating NBA's Anti-Drug Policy
Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson has been suspended for 25 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy. The suspension begins on Wednesday when the Cavaliers play the Milwaukee Bucks.
Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson Suspended for 25 Games
Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson has been suspended for 25 games without pay by the NBA for violating the league's anti-drug policy. Thompson, 32, tested positive for ibutamoren and SARM LGD-4033, which are commonly used by bodybuilders and weightlifters for muscle enhancement.
Thompson's suspension will begin on Wednesday when the Cavaliers have their first game of two games in three days against the Milwaukee Bucks. He will be eligible to return on March 16 against the Houston Rockets.
The Cavaliers fully support the NBA's anti-drug program and have stated that they stand behind Thompson and offer their support throughout his suspension. However, they acknowledge that his absence will have an impact on the team.
Thompson Allowed to Travel and Practice During Suspension
During his suspension, Tristan Thompson is allowed to travel and practice with the team. The only restriction is that he must be out of the arena at least two hours before tipoff for any games.
Thompson, a beloved player in Cleveland, is in his second stint with the Cavs. He was originally drafted by the team in 2011 and was a member of the 2016 NBA championship team.
Since returning to the Cavs this season, Thompson has been averaging 3.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 12 minutes per game.