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Mitch McGary Suspended One Year By NCAA For Failed Marijuana Test, Entering the NBA Draft

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It’s not John Sinclair, but it’s still patently ridiculous. Michigan’s Mitch McGary will enter the 2014 NBA Draft, after the NCAA suspended him one year for a failed marijuana test. McGary, injured, was wearing a uniform during Michigan’s Sweet 16 game against Tennessee. He was subjected to a random drug test after the game. Michigan appealed the decision and was denied.

Had McGary failed a Michigan drug test, he would have been suspended three games. Had McGary smoked a joint in front of a police officer in Ann Arbor, he would have been subject to a $25 fine. The NCAA reduced its own punishment, effective August 1st, to six months.

If athletes are indeed “students” and not “employees,” why are they being tested for recreational drugs at all?

[USA Today Sports]

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