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NBA suspends Tristan Thompson For 25 Games For Violating Drug Policy

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Tristan Thompson has been suspended without pay for 25 games for violating the NBA’s drug policy, the league announced Tuesday.
The NBA said the Cleveland Cavaliers star, 32, tested positive for ibutamoren and SARM LGD-4033, violating the the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program. Both drugs are banned by the NCAA and the World Anti-Doping Agency.
According to the National Institutes of Health, ibutamoren is a growth hormone secretagogue that promotes the release of growth hormone from the pituitary gland.
SARM LGD-4033, also known as Ligandrol, is a selective androgen receptor modulator works in a similar way to testosterone or anabolic steroids, promoting the repair and growth of muscle. The experimental drug is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which issued warnings against the use of SARMs in 2017 and 2020, citing adverse health effects including liver injury or failure and increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Thompson’s suspension takes effect starting with Wednesdays game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Earlier this month, Thompson was ejected from the 2024 NBA Paris Game between the Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets. After some back and forth tension during the game, Thompson hit Brooklyn center Nic Claxton, clearing both benches and earning a flagrant two foul.
TMX contributed to this article.