NBA suspends drug testing of players during coronavirus hiatus

The NBA is suspending drug testing of players with the league on hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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The NBA will suspend drug testing of players while the league is in a hiatus.

According to a source familiar with the decision but not authorized to speak publicly, the decision is a logistical one — players have been allowed to return home and have been encouraged to limit unnecessary contact while the league deals with COVID-19. It’s one of a handful of changes to league procedure brought on by the pandemic.

The virus has brought the NBA, along with other professional sports, to a stop, with the NBA readying for a lengthy interruption to their season — if they’re able to resume it.

The All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium on July 14 may be in jeopardy after Major League Baseball again pushed back opening day to follow CDC guidelines.


Major League Baseball and players’ union are actively monitoring the situation but have made no decision to suspend drug testing, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Yahoo first reported the NBA’s testing pause.