Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson Suspended 25 Games By NBA For Violating Anti-Drug Program

Photo: Instagram/Tristan Thompson

The NBA has dealt a major blow to the Cleveland Cavaliers by imposing a 25-game suspension without pay on Tristan Thompson after he tested positive for two banned substances— Ibutamoren and SARM LGD-4033.

Ibutamoren, known for promoting human growth hormone secretion, and ligandrol, a selective androgen receptor modulator, are prohibited by the league due to their performance-enhancing properties.

Thompson, 32, is averaging 3.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 36 games this season. This marks his first suspension, resulting in a loss of $726,465, as reported by Spotrac. The NBA's decision to cease marijuana testing in 2023 doesn't exempt players from screening for other prohibited substances.

Photo: Instagram/Tristan Thompson

The timeline of Thompson's substance use remains unclear. The NBA, which resumed random drug testing for growth hormone and performance-enhancers post-"NBA bubble," retains the right to screen for "drugs of abuse" such as methamphetamine, opiates, and cocaine.

The suspension commences with the upcoming game against the Milwaukee Bucks, preventing Thompson from addressing reporters immediately. His absence comes amid a productive season for the Cavaliers and follows his championship-winning stint with the team in 2016. 

Thompson's 13-year career has seen him play for various NBA teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, and Indiana Pacers. (Source: Yahoo Sports)

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