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NBA Players to Avoid Drug Testing During Hiatus

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The NBA and NBPA have reportedly agreed to forego testing for the time being.

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According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the NBA and National Basketball Players Association have reached an agreement to not subject players to drug testing during the league-wide hiatus caused by the coronavirus:

According to Haynes, this only in effect while the league is on pause:

Players typically undergo “six random, unannounced urine drug tests during each season and off-season,” as stated in Article XXXIII of the collective bargaining agreement.

This rare agreement is only temporary, sources said.

Marijuana, steroids and performance-enhancing drugs are some of the banned substances in the league’s anti-drug program, even though some states allow recreational and medicinal marijuana use for those 21 or older.

It’s unknown at this time when, or if, the season will resume.