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Brandon Rush suspended five games for violation of NBA drug policy

Indiana Pacers guard and former Kansas Jayhawk Brandon Rush, right, drives on Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis on Sunday March 29, 2009. Rush scored 29 points in the Pacers' 124-115 win.

Indiana Pacers guard and former Kansas Jayhawk Brandon Rush, right, drives on Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis on Sunday March 29, 2009. Rush scored 29 points in the Pacers' 124-115 win.

August 27, 2010

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— Indiana Pacers guard Brandon Rush has been suspended five games without pay by the NBA for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.

The Indianapolis Star reported Friday that the former Kansas University player failed an NBA marijuana test for the third time.

A fourth positive test would result in a 10-game suspension, the paper reported. Every subsequent violation would be five games longer than the previous one.

Rush, who will sit out the first five games of the season, is the second Pacer recently suspended for drug use. Former Pacers center David Harrison was suspended five games in January 2008 after failing his third drug test.

As part of the collective-bargaining agreement, only the league can discipline players for violating the drug program. Teams don’t find out about failed tests until the player is suspended.

“We have been made aware that Brandon Rush has been suspended for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy,” Larry Bird, Pacers president of basketball operations, said Friday. “We will do what we can to provide Brandon help going forward.”

All NBA players are given four random drug tests a season, but the violations don’t expire. Players enter a marijuana program after the first offense. They are fined $25,000 and have to re-enter the program after the second offense. As a third-time offender, Rush must re-enter the program and serve his suspension.

Rush, who is about to enter his third year in the league, started 64 games last season and averaged 9.4 points per contest.

The Pacers have had some off-the-court issues in the past. The front office released the core of the team the past several years while trying to repair a reputation damaged by a brawl between Pacers players and Pistons fans in 2004 and several incidents after that in which Pacers players had brushes with the law.

Most recently, second-round draft pick Lance Stephenson was arrested earlier this month in New York on assault, menacing and harassment charges.

The NBA on Friday also suspended Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings and Kenny Hasbrouck of the Miami Heat for separate incidents.

Comments

ChiHawkInKS 4 years, 8 months ago

Who is the NBA trying to kid... 90% of their players smoke weed. I sure don't look at Brandon any differently, nor do I care.

jihadist 4 years, 8 months ago

I now respect him even more, weed is more benign than alcohol

Stuart Evans 4 years, 8 months ago

yep, while other players are getting drunk and beating or raping women, pot smokers are relaxing on the couch with some video games.

www.saferchoice.org

Stuart Evans 4 years, 8 months ago

I'll assume that he was busted for marijuana, since the article didn't mention it. Because if they said he was caught with a joint, the general public would say "so". But if they use a broad term such as "drugs", then people can go ahead and let their imagination run wild.

emaw 4 years, 8 months ago

I'm surprised this even made the news considering all the other crimes people associated with your school have been involved in lately. K....S....U.....Wildcats!!!!

whats_going_on 4 years, 8 months ago

this has nothing to do with KU, just fyi. He's not here anymore.

BigAl 4 years, 8 months ago

Are you folks STILL paying off Ron Prince? How many other under the table deals did KSU athletics make?

beatrice 4 years, 8 months ago

Yes, former KU players now playing in the NBA do make the news too often for the wrong reasons.

I'm just curious, how many former Wildcats are even in the NBA? I'm not sure stories about European league players are reported much in the U.S.

penguin 4 years, 8 months ago

Are you serious emaw?...have you heard of Michael Beasley? He got caught doing the same stuff in the NBA. Oh wait, he hadn't played a game yet.

Practicality 4 years, 8 months ago

Another example of an irresponsible choice by a selfish individual. Way to let your team, family, and fans down Rush just so you can get high. I bet your grandparents are so proud.

jonas_opines 4 years, 8 months ago

For Practicality, the weed part probably cancels out everything else. He's very fearful about it.

Practicality 4 years, 8 months ago

There isn't any "cancels out everything else." My statement was simply that Rush was irresponible and that because of his selfish decisions, he let down others who depend on him. An all to often phenomenon associated with dope fiends. Money has nothing to do with character or dependability. Just look at Bernie Madoff for example.

pizzapete 4 years, 8 months ago

Yea, if it was a joint, no big deal. What Lance Stepehenson did on the other hand is out of control and that guy needs to be in jail.

CLARKKENT 4 years, 8 months ago

WHAT DOES KSU HAVE TO DO WITH THIS??

IT WAS BRANDON RUSH, AND HE IS KU.

THIS IS JUST WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GIVE A LOT OF MONEY TO A K I D.

bender 4 years, 8 months ago

Seriously? You think kids who don't make big $$$ aren't getting high? You don't know kids. Also, the 'kid' is 25 years old.

Shane Garrett 4 years, 8 months ago

So, like all those players hanging out in the parking lot of Tuckaway were just chillin, right.

Steve Jacob 4 years, 8 months ago

From the NBA website... "If a player tests positive for marijuana for the first time during Reasonable Cause Testing, First-Year Testing, or Veteran Testing, or he is convicted of, or pleads guilty, nolo contendre or no contest to, the use or possession of marijuana in violation of the law, he will be required to enter the program. A second such violation will result in a $15,000 fine and the player's re-entry into the program. A third (or any subsequent) such violation will result in a five-game suspension and the player's re-entry into the program."

Not his first failed test.

grammaddy 4 years, 8 months ago

Puff puff pass.TGIF- This green is fire!

KEITHMILES05 4 years, 8 months ago

I don't care if he smokes weed. The thing is he is losing alot of money when violating a known rule. If it doesn't bother him to give up thousands of dollars so be it. He's an adult. He's a grown man. He'll have to live with his decisions.

KEITHMILES05 4 years, 8 months ago

I don't care if he smokes weed. The thing is he is losing alot of money when violating a known rule. If it doesn't bother him to give up thousands of dollars so be it. He's an adult. He's a grown man. He'll have to live with his decisions.

Gregory Newman 4 years, 8 months ago

The only bad thing about this is that he hasn't returned to Lawrence to share. Pure selfish

rgh 4 years, 8 months ago

I like Brandon but this is way too lenient!! Next time (4th time) is only 10 games? Should be a career ender at 3! Come on Brandon you're better than this crap.

Tom Wilson 4 years, 8 months ago

Why not create a non-credit class that all KU athletes would be required to take dealing with the subject of drugs and mega salaries as a pro athlete? My opinion of any pro who feels he must use drugs always hits bottom. It is especially embarrassing when a pro from my alma mater is the one who gets caught. Their stupidity should not cast a reflection on my KU diploma!!!!!!

tophawk87 4 years, 8 months ago

Sure hope Brandon can kick his pot habit. He needs Jesus Christ in his life....

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