Tyreke Evans of the Indiana Pacers has been dismissed from the NBA after violating the league’s anti-drug policy according to Shams Charania of the Athletic. He is disqualified from participating in league activities for two years. Given that Evans has not previously been punished for drug violation, his punishment is in line with testing positive for what the Collective Bargaining Agreement defines as a “drug of abuse.” Drugs of abuse are defined in the agreement as “amphetamine and its analogs, benzodiazepines, cocaine, GHB, ketamine, LSD, opiates, and PCP.”
Evans was to be a free agent this summer. The Indiana Pacers released the following statement on Twitter.
Statement on Tyreke Evans: https://t.co/0n2WI4zN3G pic.twitter.com/F7d2tFLrD8— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) May 17, 2019
Evans can apply for reinstatement to the league in 2 years’ time. Evans was the 2010 Rookie of the Year while playing for the Sacramento Kings.