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Joakim Noah will be suspended 20 games for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy—reportedly for unknowingly taking an over-the-counter supplement, which is currently banned by the league but would no longer be punished under the next season’s new collective bargaining agreement.

The NBA’s announcement this morning did not specify which supplement Noah had been caught using. Both Adrian Wojnarowksi of The Vertical and Marc Spears of ESPN reported that he would not have been banned under the new CBA, given that the NBA players’ association determined after an investigation that he had taken the supplement unknowingly.


Noah will reportedly be suspended for the final 10 games of this season and the first 10 of the next. He would have missed the last 10 games of this season regardless, as he’s been out since early February with a knee injury and had surgery several weeks ago.

There are three years remaining on his $72 million contract with the Knicks.

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