NCAA Drops a Bong on Mitch McGary, Levels One-Year Suspension for Pot
Michigan’s Mitch McGary, the alliterative forward who played two years that were hampered by injuries, just declared for the NBA Draft, where he is likely to fall to the bottom half of the first round. Originally, McGary was headed back to school for another season — a common strategy for a talented player who had a disappointing year and wants to improve his draft stock. That was before he was made aware that he’d have to wait until the 2015-2016 season to play college ball again.
What? According to McGary, who had been sidelined for most of the season, he drank some beer and had smoked some pot in the middle of March. A couple weeks later, he was drug tested by the NCAA, despite the fact that he still hadn’t played a minute of basketball in the interim (although he was dressed). He tested positive.
McGary told Yahoo Sports he passed eight separated drug tests “over his two years in Ann Arbor, including five this year despite his limited play.” According to the Yahoo article, “had McGary failed a Michigan test, he would’ve been subject to Michigan’s punishment for a first-time offender: a week away from all team activities and a suspension from 10 percent of the regular season, or in this case three games. A second offense is suspension for half a season and a third calls for permanent ineligibility at the school.”