Joakim Noah Suspended 20 Games for Violating NBA Drug Policy

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16:  Joakim Noah #13 of the New York Knicks in action against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden on January 16, 2017 in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Atlanta Hawks defeated the New York Knicks 108-107.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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New York Knicks center Joakim Noah has been suspended 20 games by the NBA for violating its anti-drug program, the league announced March 25 (via Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today).

The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news.

Ian Begley of ESPN reported Wednesday that Noah has been declared physically fit to play by the NBA's independent doctor so his suspension will begin immediately.

The 32-year-old reportedly tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement that has been outlawed under the league's collective bargaining agreement.

However, Wojnarowski reported the National Basketball Players Association determined Noah didn't "knowingly or willingly" breach the CBA. He is also said to have fully cooperated with the investigation.

Noah underwent arthroscopic surgery Feb. 27 to remove a loose particle in his left knee, and he was subsequently ruled out for the remainder of the season. Prior to being shut down, he averaged 5.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.8 blocks and 0.7 steals in 22.1 minutes per game.

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