Thunder Forward Mitch McGary Suspended Additional Games
The National Basketball Association announced Tuesday, September 13, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Mitch McGary will be suspended an additional 10 games for violating the league’s drug policy.
In July, McGary was suspended 5 games to start the season for a violation, and this most recent suspension means he will miss the first 15 games of the season.
Yahoo Sports reported McGary’s most recent suspension was not for a failed drug test, but for “failure to live up to procedural guidelines set forth in the program.”
McGary issued a statement following his first suspension in July, saying “I clearly made a mistake, and for that, I apologize to the organization, my teammates, and our fans. I realize there are only so many opportunities given to you and I need to make sure that, as a person and as a player, I take accountability and ensure that this does not happen again.”
McGary left the Thunder for a time late in the season last year for what he called “personal reasons,” but never addressed what those were at the time.
McGary entered the NBA Draft after his sophomore season.
Had he not entered the draft, he would have been suspended for his entire junior season at the University of Michigan for testing positive for marijuana.
McGary has played two seasons for the Thunder, averaging 4.4 points in 52 career games.