Report: NBA won’t drug test during coronavirus hiatus

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The coronavirus has significantly changed life in this country. These are stressful times. The NBA is on indefinite hiatus.

If only players were allowed an increasingly legal and relatively safe way to unwind…

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have reached an agreement to not subject players to drug testing during the hiatus caused by the coronavirus, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

This rare agreement is only temporary, sources said.

I wonder how much this about efforts to socially distance. It could be imprudent for testers to travel around to players.

Performance-enhancing drugs and hard drugs each still present their own issues.

But the NBA could use this as an opportunity to permanently end its ban on marijuana. With everything else going on, how many people would really object to weed tests not resuming when play does? This could be an easy way to slide into a new paradigm.