Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson Faces 25-Game Suspension for Anti-Drug Program Violation

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On Tuesday, January 23, the NBA disclosed that Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers has been handed a 25-game suspension without pay for a breach of the league's anti-drug program. The 32-year-old player tested positive for two prohibited substances, ibutamoren and SARM LGD-4033, both banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the NCAA.

The suspension is slated to commence with a crucial matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, leaving the Cavaliers without one of their key players for an extended period.

In response to this development, the Cavaliers issued a statement, expressing their unwavering support for the NBA/NBAPA Anti-Drug Program. The team's official statement stated, "We are disappointed in the recent news surrounding Tristan Thompson. His absence from game action will undoubtedly impact our team. We stand behind Tristan and offer our support throughout this suspension period."

This suspension comes less than a year after Thompson's return to the Cavaliers in September 2023. The player, who recently switched his jersey number from 12 to 13, cited a sentimental connection to the number, which he wore during his initial stint with the team in 2011.

Tristan Thompson, who is averaging 3.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game this season, previously played for the Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, and Sacramento Kings. The Canadian athlete, with nine seasons under his belt with the Cavs, also briefly joined the Celtics.

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Apart from his on-court contributions, Thompson has been no stranger to off-court controversies, notably in his relationship with Khloe Kardashian. The former couple shares two children, True and Tatum. Thompson, addressing his past mistakes, revealed on an episode of "The Kardashians" last season that he aimed to mend his relationship with Khloe after facing cheating scandals.

"I’m a firm believer that if you make a mistake, you have to be accountable for it and stand on two feet. You do the crime, ya gotta own it," he asserted during the episode, reflecting on the lessons learned from his tumultuous journey.

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