Nuggets big man suspended for failed drug test

J.J. Hickson likely failed a third test for marijuana use while he recovers from a knee injury.

      
 

 

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Nuggets’ Hickson suspended 5 games by NBA (Yahoo Sports)

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 21: J.J. Hickson #7 of the Denver Nuggets looks to pass the ball during the game against the Dallas Mavericks on March 21, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Denver Nuggets center/forward J.J. Hickson was suspended for five games without pay by the NBA on Wednesday for violating the terms of the anti-drug program.


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Missouri freshmen Gant, Allen suspended

Missouri freshman Gant, Allen suspended after arrest

      
 

 

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New Missouri men's basketball coach Kim Anderson answers questions from the media after he was introduced at an NCAA college basketball news conference in the Reynolds Alumni Center on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri freshmen basketball players Jakeenan Gant and D’Angelo Allen have been suspended after getting arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor third-degree assault.


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JJ Hickson Suspended 5 Games: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Denver Nuggets forward J.J. Hickson has been suspended for the first five games of the 2014-15 regular season for a violation of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program, the league announced on Wednesday.

The move was first reported by Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post:

Hickson’s penalty will begin the first game of the season. He will be eligible to practice and play with the team during the preseason and training camp before his suspension begins, as dictated by the league’s collective bargaining agreement.   

The seventh-year big man’s status for opening night was already in question as he recovers from a torn ACL. He missed the last 13 games of the season last year and a timetable has not yet been set for his return. The suspension will run for the first five games regardless of his health status.

Listed at 6’9″ and 242 pounds, Hickson spent most of last season playing an undersized center role amid a rash of Nuggets injuries. He averaged 11.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game during his first season in Denver after signing a three-year, $16.14 million contract last summer. The former North Carolina State star previously played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers.

While he was a starter for 52 games in 2013-14, the Nuggets are unlikely to be hit too hard by Hickson’s absence. Denver has one of the league’s deepest stables of talent, boasting no fewer than five big men deserving of a spot in an NBA rotation.   

Darrell Arthur will stand to get a majority of Hickson’s minutes while he’s out of the lineup. JaVale McGee’s return to full health combined with the drafting of Jusuf Nurkic provide the Nuggets with enough depth at center that they should maintain a more standard positional outlook. Hickson should resume his role as a primary backup to Kenneth Faried once his suspension ceases.

Under the rules of the collective bargaining agreement, there was no official reason given by the NBA for Hickson’s suspension. As Matt Moore of CBSSports.com notes, however, a five-game drug ban is most typical for a three-time offender of the league’s marijuana policy.

Denver opens up its regular season Oct. 29 at home against the Detroit Pistons. Hickson will be eligible to return on Nov. 9 for the first of a home-and-home against the Blazers.

The Nuggets are not expected to issue a statement on Hickson’s suspension, per Dempsey.

 

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Dwight Howard’s License Reportedly Suspended After He Ran 10 Red Lights

Dwight Howard may want to consider working out a carpool with his Houston Rockets teammates after his driver’s license was reportedly suspended.

According to a TMZ Sports report, Howard has been caught running a red light 10 times since 2012. He was ticketed in Florida nine times during a 10-month span and was then busted again this past July. According to Reuters’ Barbara ListonHoward’s license has been suspended since at least Aug. 15 as a result of his failure to pay a $285 fine for a red-light ticket from April.

And that’s not all. According to Liston, the Rockets star’s Orlando court record also contains four speeding tickets, 12 citations for failing to pay highway tolls and another citation for failing to change the address on his license. 

If paying the fine is all it takes for Howard to get his license back, it seems silly that he hasn’t done so already. As Basketball-Reference.com notes, he has made more than $123 million in his career and is due more than $21 million in each of the next three seasons, so one would assume he can afford a $285 fine.

Howard will have to find another way to get around town for now. Hopefully if/when he gets his license back, he’ll have learned to heed traffic lights.

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Dwight Howard has license suspended, ran 10 red lights

Dwight Howard’s wallet got a little bit lighter this week after his license was revoked in Orange County (Fla.) for running ten red lights during a two-and-a-half-year period starting in 2012. TMZ reports that Howard only has to pay $285 to get it reinstated, which, along with being a screaming deal, is basically “couch money” for a guy who’s starting Year 2 of a 4-year, $88 million contract. Although, we gotta say, after the week (or so) the NFL just had, this all seems rather quaint. [FoxSports] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports

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Texas basketball player Martez Walker suspended

University of Texas basketball player Martez Walker charged with assault, suspended from team

      
 

 

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FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2013, file photo, Texas' Martez Walker shoots during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against BYU in Kansas City, Mo. Walker was suspended indefinitely from all team activities Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, after he was charged with misdemeanor assault of a woman at a campus residence hall. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Texas guard Martez Walker was suspended indefinitely from all team activities Friday after he was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly beating his girlfriend in a campus dormitory. According to campus police, Travis County Emergency Medical Services was called to the dorm Wednesday night, where the victim reported Walker slapped her and punched her four times in the left side. According to Walker’s arrest affidavit, Tanecia Gardner said Walker became angry because she went to happy hour with a male supervisor from her job.


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Texas guard Martez Walker shoots during a practice session for their NCAA college basketball tournament game Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in Milwaukee. Texas plays Arizona State on Thursday. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Texas guard Martez Walker was suspended indefinitely from all team activities Friday after he was charged with misdemeanor assault of a woman at a campus residence hall, According to campus police, authorities were called to the dorm Wednesday night, where the woman reported being assaulted by Walker, who she described as her boyfriend. She was taken to a hospital for treatment and a warrant was issued for Walker’s arrest on a charge of assault with injury/dating violence, a class A misdemeanor. Football coach Charlie Strong dismissed football players Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander after they were arrested in July on felony sexual assault charges.


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