U-M's McGary bolts for NBA after testing positive for marijuana

If he stayed, McGary would have faced a 1-year ban by the NCAA
AP Wire
Apr 25, 2014

 

Michigan sophomore Mitch McGary is entering the NBA draft, saying he had little choice after testing positive for marijuana during the NCAA tournament.

"I am ready to move on to the next stage in my life and enter the NBA draft," the 6-foot-10 McGary said in a statement released by the school Friday. "Being a part of a program that values integrity, it is important to let everyone know of a poor decision I recently made. I tested positive for marijuana during the NCAA tournament. We were notified of that result after the Final Four. I regret thoroughly disappointing my family, coaches and administration."

McGary told Yahoo Sports he was facing a one-year suspension for the failed drug test.

McGary was terrific in the 2013 tournament as a freshman, helping Michigan reach the national title game, where the Wolverines lost to Louisville. He considered jumping to the NBA then, but instead came back for his sophomore year and was a preseason All-American.

But McGary played only eight games this season. He was bothered from the start by a back problem and eventually had surgery. He was shut down shortly after a Dec. 14 matchup with Arizona.

It was unclear how his future would be impacted by the injury. Was his draft stock still high enough for him to leave, or would he need to come back to Michigan in 2014-15? McGary is old for his class, turning 22 in June, but his injury made his decision a difficult one — until the flunked drug test.

"I feel I'm ready, but this pushed it overboard," McGary told Yahoo.

Although he was injured most of this season, he remained a fan favorite and an energetic presence on the Michigan bench.

"Mitch has had a tremendous impact on our program from the moment he committed to us," coach John Beilein said. "The progress he has made on and off the court has been outstanding. His willingness to face a personal issue head on and his positive work ethic during his recent injury have helped him to grow in many ways."

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Comments

Willylowman

typical Wolverine

Laker Dad

Just uppin his street cred foe da NBA.

nextdoor

Get drafted by Denver it all be good.

Robtownredneck

Why does he not just get a med card? I see signs on the street corner call this 800# get your pot med card. Does not the ncaa understand.

ohwell

The guy's a pothead and the NBA wants him??? He should be banned from all sports forever. He will make a GREAT role model, NOT!!!!

MeanSmith

Lol. Of course the NBA wants him. Athletes unfortunatly are not role models. Kids however do look up to them. Teams dont care about a persons character as long as the athlete can win them some games. That being said I think McGary's violation is not that serious.

Straightjacket

Sports teams, congregations, clubs, religion, associations joining anything is actually entering into seclusion. By join you are secluding. A guy that's born 6 foot 10 with a brain that can't get through college, role model?

1stWorldProblems

Lol at "pothead".. good God. The NCAA shows once again how out of touch they are with reality. Obviously it's on Mitch and he said as much about the mistakes he made but a 1 year ban for testing positive for marijuana is beyond ridiculous.
What I really do not understand is how the hell have I never heard of anyone else being banned for this, ever? You're telling me they do random drug tests on 364 division 1 basketball teams and you don't hear about year long bans on a weekly basis? However they randomly test Mcgary who was not even playing this year due to a back injury the day before the tournament.

ohwell

Ridiculous??? For testing positive for using an illegal substance. I know as much as some of you want pot to be legal, it is still illegal at this point. I suppose you think he was suppose to get a slap on the wrist and a accolade for "coming out".

Out of touch?? I guess you think they should ban all drug testing and let it be a free for all? Where does it end? These kids should be held to higher standards than most. I bet a high percentage of them couldn't make it through school without tutors helping them. And I don't want to hear about how they are busy practicing their sport. They (athletes) should be held to the same admitting requirements as all the students applying to the school. Last I checked it is pretty tough to get into U of M just on the grades and test scores. I am willing to bet (again) most don't have the GPA or the test scores to be accepted as a regular student.

As far as role models, yes as soon as you put yourself in the public eye, where you know kids will be looking up to you. You are to act like a role model, not a thug like a lot of athletes do. They let it go to their head, and fall into the trap of thinking they are someone important. In fact, they are no more important than anyone else. Probably less important when they act this kid did, and get praised for it.

I bet his parents are proud of him.

MeanSmith

The NCAA must have tested McGary afer the game in the picture above. Looks high as a kite.

 

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