Charlotte Hornets' Malik Monk suspended without pay by NBA under the anti-drug policy

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Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk has been suspended indefinitely without pay by the NBA for violation of the anti-drug policy, the NBA announced Wednesday.

The league's statement said Monk's suspension starts with Wednesday's home game against the New York Knicks and "will continue until he is determined to be in full compliance" with the anti-drug policy.

Monk, in his third season with the Hornets, made his first NBA start Tuesday on the road against the Indiana Pacers. Monk was recently having his best span of quality play since the Hornets selected him 11th overall in the 2017 draft out of Kentucky.

"We are disappointed in Malik's decision-making that resulted in his suspension," the Hornets released in a prepared statement. "As an organization, we do not condone his behavior. However, we are committed to supporting Malik during this time."

The NBA's statement did not say what drug Monk may have tested positively for or how many instances of positive drug tests exist.


The last time a Hornet was suspended under the anti-drug policy was in 2015, when center Al Jefferson missed five games.

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