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Milwaukee Bucks star Larry Sanders has been suspended without pay for a minimum of 10 games by the NBA after he violated the anti-drug program.
The suspension by the league comes into force on Monday when the Bucks host the Toronto Raptors and it will continue until he’s in full compliance with his treatment program.
It is his second suspension for violating the league’s anti-drug program in less than a year with Sanders missing the final five games of the 2013/14 season after he was penalised for using marijuana.
The Bucks center has had a problematic history in the league as he also missed 27 games last season with a fracture near the eye while he also missed 25 more games after surgery on his right thumb following an injury from a bar fight.
Nevertheless, he signed a four-year contract worth $44m before the start of last season and the Bucks will undoubtedly be disappointed with his conduct since and they made that clear in an official statement released on Friday.
“We are disappointed to learn the news of Larry’s suspension. We will continue to work with Larry and the league to ensure he has the support he needs,” the Bucks said.
Sanders hasn’t played since December 23 which has led to him missing 11 games and while the Bucks initially said it was due to flu, it was later attributed to personal reasons of which Sanders was keen to avoid telling the media earlier this month.
The Bucks star was taken by Milwaukee in the 2010 NBA Draft with the 15th overall pick and he was averaging 7.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this season for a team that has surprised many under new coach Jason Kidd.