National Basketball Association suspends Monta Ellis, Reggie Bullock for violating drug policy

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 17, 2017

Reggie Bullock, a 6-7 forward for the Detroit Pistons, has been suspended for the first five games of the 2017-18 season without pay for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program, the NBA announced Friday. Josh Eberley of HoopMag tweeted out the release as well, as did Sam Amico of Fox Sports.

Neither Ellis nor Bullock has commented as of yet.

Ellis is in the middle of a four-year deal with the Pacers he signed in 2015.

The 31-year-old Ellis averaged 8.5 points a game for IN last season.

According to the league's soon-to-expire collective bargaining agreement, a player is suspended five games after a third violation involving marijuana (either a failed drug test or a conviction or guilty plea following a possession arrest).

The 26-year-old Bullock averaged 4.5 points in 2016-17.

It's awful that both men drew drug suspensions, as they will bring up a lot of questions, but the sadder part is that neither will probably be missed by their respective teams.

He opened last season as the starting shooting guard in a small backcourt with point guard Jeff Teague, but sat out eight games with a groin strain and did not return to the starting lineup until the final 10 games of the regular season.

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