Toronto Raptors’ Jalen Harris banned one year for drug violation

Apr 29, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Jalen Harris (2) in action in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Raptors guard Jalen Harris has been dismissed and disqualified from the NBA for violating terms of the league’s anti-drug program, The Athletic reported Thursday.

Harris is able to apply for reinstatement in one year.

The NBA hasn’t publicly announced any discipline involving Harris.

The NBA’s list of banned drugs doesn’t include marijuana.

According to published reports, Harris is the first player since Tyreke Evans in 2019 to be banned under the policy.

Among other players to draw bans in the past are Chris Andersen, O.J. Mayo, Micheal Ray Richardson, Stanley Roberts and Roy Tarpley.

Harris, who turns 23 in August, averaged 7.4 points in 13 appearances (two starts) for the Raptors this season. He was a second-round pick (59th overall) in the 2020 draft out of Nevada.

Harris will enter the NBA drugs of abuse program and will be eligible to seek reinstatement if the NBA medical director determines he has successfully completed the program. Toronto will still hold Harris’ rights.

–Field Level Media