Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) have agreed to temporarily suspend the random drug testing of NBA players for marijuana in the 2020-21 season that is scheduled to begin on December 22, 2020, according to a statement from NBA spokesperson Mike Bass.
“Due to the unusual circumstances in conjunction with the pandemic, we have agreed with the NBPA to suspend random testing for marijuana for the 2020-21 season and focus our random testing program on performance-enhancing products and drugs of abuse,” Bass said in the statement, referencing the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NBA enacted a similar policy during the pandemic shortened 2019-2020 season, part of which took place in a “bubble” at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Marijuana remains a banned substance in the NBA. While random marijuana testing is suspended, marijuana testing in cases of “cause” remains in place.
The NBA is not the first sports league to restrict marijuana drug testing. In December 2019, Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) announced changes to the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program that included removing marijuana from the Drugs of Abuse list.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that spreads from person to person. As of December 14, 2020, there are more than 72.3 million global cases and 1.6 million global deaths, while the United States leads the world with more than 16.2 million cases and 299,000 deaths, according to research from Johns Hopkins University.
Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check provider named the #1 screening firm by HRO Today – offers employment drug testing solutions for employers in a fully integrated electronic solution with access to over 10,000 collection sites. To learn more about ESR, visit www.esrcheck.com.
NOTE: Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) does not provide or offer legal services or legal advice of any kind or nature. Any information on this website is for educational purposes only.
© 2020 Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – Making copies of or using any part of the ESR News Blog or ESR website for any purpose other than your own personal use is prohibited unless written authorization is first obtained from ESR.