New Orleans Hornet forward Chris Andersen was dismissed and disqualified from the NBA on Friday for violating the league’s drug policy. Andersen must wait two years before he can apply for reinstatement, the league said.
According to the league’s collective bargaining agreement, a player can be disqualified only for a fourth positive test for performance-enhancing drugs, or a first positive test for “drugs of abuse.”
The drugs on that list are amphetamine and its analogs, which include methamphetamine; cocaine; LSD; opiates, including heroin, codeine and morphine; and PCP.
Andersen had not previously been suspended for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. The first positive test for performance-enhancing drugs results in a 10-game suspension.
Andersen, 27 and in his fifth NBA season, is the first player kicked out because of drugs since Stanley Roberts in 1999.
And with that, repeated screenings of Andersen’s miserable entry in last season’s Slam Dunk Contest might serve as the most effective “Scared Straight” video of all time.