The NBA can randomly drug test its players twice in the offseason. The league sends a technician to the player’s home for him to drop a sample in the cup. Warriors David Lee recently shared photos of the experience on Instagram.
No other way I would rather start my morning in Malibu than a random NBA drug test! #saynotodrugs
I bet you’re wondering how some players seem to breeze through the offseason’s random tests when you’re fairly certain they stay high all summer. Well, lets get into the details. Unless the NBA has “cause,” the only thing their looking for in the offeseason is signs of steroid use.
From Larry Coon’s CBA FAQ:
Testing falls into two categories: reasonable cause and random. Reasonable cause testing occurs when the league or players association provides the program’s independent expert with information about a player’s use, possession or distribution of prohibited substances, and the expert believes that reasonable cause exists to order testing. If reasonable cause is found to exist, the player can be tested without notice up to four times in a six week period. Players can be subjected to random testing up to four times during a season and up to two times during an offseason (offseason testing is conducted for SPEDs and diuretics only). League-wide, the program will not conduct more than 1,525 tests during a season or more than 600 tests during an offseason.
photos via Instagram