Tyreke Evans of the Indiana Pacers will no longer be playing in the NBA due to violating the anti-drug program in place by the league.
On Friday, the NBA made the announcement of Tyreke’s dismissal. Evans will be eligible to apply for reinstatement in two years.
In the press release, they go on to say that they do not have to offer any other details about the situation besides the dismissal or suspension.
When it comes to the NBA’s ban policy, it more so applies to a drug of abuse. If Evans were suspended for steroids or performance-enhancing medication (SPED), we would all now. In the policy, it states that if SPED were involved, they would disclose the information to the public.
Evans, who is 29, has been playing for the NBA for ten seasons. He was a pending free agent, playing with the Indiana Pacers. Though he was first a player for the Sacramento Kings after his first NBA draft in 2009, he has been a member for four teams.
Tyreke Evans No Longer Playing For The NBA Due To Failing Drug Test, Can Reapply In 2 Years
Before coming to an end, Evans was able to average 10.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists for the Pacers this season. However, career-wise, Evans was able to average 15.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.8 assists.
Even though Tyreke won’t be playing for at least two seasons, there have been others in his seat before. In 2016, O.J. Mayo was in the same situation for violating the drug policy in place. Though his two-year ban is up, there is no sign of him returning to the NBA.
Since 1986, 13 players in the NBA have been banned. Other on the list are Chris “Birdman” Andersen, Stanley Roberts, Roy Tarpley (twice), Mitchell Wiggins, Lewis Lloyd, Michael Ray Richardson, Richard Dumas, Chris Washburn, Duane Washington, and John Drew.