As you probably heard by now, Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes has been suspended 20 games for testing positive for Tamoxifen, which is a banned substance. However, more details have surfaced about the story that have caused NBAPA acting executive director Ron Klempner to call the suspension “a true injustice”. Via Yahoo! Sports:
“This discipline is a true injustice,” NBPA acting executive director Ron Klempner told Yahoo Sports late Friday night.
“Our collectively bargained program failed this player and this case will certainly be recalled when we return to the bargaining table,” Klempner told Yahoo Sports. “In the meantime, we’ll file an appeal and allow the process to run its course.”
NBA lab results found no traces of synthetic testosterone or performance-enhancing drugs, and as one source told Yahoo Sports, “There was no intent, nor advantage gained here.”
This certainly is very frustrating news for the Grizzlies and for Calathes if this suspension is in fact unwarranted. While suspensions for drug usage has been a rampant problem in both MLB and the NFL, every time an NBA player gets suspended it’s always a huge surprise since it rarely ever happens. Hopefully things get ironed out as smoothly as possible. I doubt Calathes will be able to return this post-season, but at least for the sake of his good name I hope he gets exonerated of this injustice if he is in fact a victim as Klempner says he is.
—Ben Parker: follow me on twitter @nba_lord