Roy Tarpley, suspended by the Dallas Mavericks, might be cleared to rejoin the team by the start of training camp, the director of the NBA’s anti-drug and alcohol program said.
David Lewis said he is not aware of any information that would prevent him from lifting Tarpley’s suspension, imposed after the forward’s March 30 arrest on a charge of driving while intoxicated. A Dallas County jury Sept. 4 found Tarpley not guilty of the DWI charge.
But Tarpley’s indefinite suspension without pay remained in place for failure to adhere to the conditions of his NBA-mandated after-care program. Tarpley admitted to drinking three beers before his arrest.
Camp begins Oct. 4.