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Mitch McGary to the NBA because he smoked weed during the tourney

Michigan’s Mitch McGary will enter the NBA draft because he doesn’t really have a choice. The talented big man faces a one-year suspension from college basketball after admitting to smoking weed during the NCAA tournament. He did what, you ask? I said he smoked weed during the NCAA tournament. McGary got the results back from the drug test after the Final Four. Not smart, kid.

Now he’s heading to the league, leaving Andrew and Aaron Harrison as the top two undecided college players. Maybe that will change by the end of the day.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

60 Comments for Mitch McGary to the NBA because he smoked weed during the tourney

  1. Whodon't
    10:33 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

    I heard he was caught with “da Twins”

    • UKfan
      10:49 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Didn’t know Chane had a twin?

    • BiloxiGuy
      12:30 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Here’s a question. If crack, heroin, and weed were legalized today, would you start using it? Whether legal or not the ratio of non-users to users will stay the same. The fact that it’s illegal is not the reason why I dont do crack and the like. I dont want it legal or illegal.

  2. Musehobo
    10:34 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

    I thought the NCAA let individual schools handle drug-related suspensions. How could “college basketball” suspend him for 1 year?

    • BigBlue1976
      10:39 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Because it was administered by the NCAA. If they catch you its different than your school catching you.

    • Musehobo
      10:56 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Ahhh I see.

  3. DB11
    10:35 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

    “Smokin’ weed all day!”

  4. Common Sense
    10:35 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

    I don’t understand why athletes take a chance like this when they know the consequences can be harsh.

    On a side note. LEGALIZE IT!

    • UKfan
      10:51 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

      why not legalize all drugs if thats your logic. I am certain I can justify it just like you are justifying marijuana.

    • Jimbob
      10:55 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

    • Jarvis Redwine
      10:57 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

      All drugs should be legalized or left up to state and local governments to decide for themselves. The drug war has cost billions and not made us any safer. Prohibition has done just the opposite by creating black markets, crime and helped increase the budget deficit. Punish people for what they do to others and their property. People should be free to decide to do as they please with their own bodies as long as they do not harm others.

    • KyKid
      11:12 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Unfortunately if you make it more readily available and take away the legal ramifications then there will in fact be more use. And, there will be more kids involved. And there will be more people who destroy their lives that can’t work and end up having to be supported by all us fine upstanding taxpayers. No thanks.

    • stratblend
      11:37 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Amazing concept. Legalize all drugs. We spend 100 times regulating drug trade than we ever could treating those that become addicted. The government needs to pave my roads and print my postage and stay the heck out of my personal decisions.

    • Mike
      11:41 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Alcohol is legal, are all of our kids walking around like drunken idiots? You can’t prevent every tragedy, it’s best to err on the side of freedom and trust in the people.. Because that is where all power in government truly derives itself from. Stop treating grown ass men like GD children.

    • Mike
      11:46 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Further Note: Weed couldn’t be more readily available in Kentucky than it is now. Unless you live in a sheltered gated community, you would know this. At least if its legal, it can be regulated. People would stop buying from dealers who don’t really care if you’re 4 or 40 and go to licensed stores to get it. The dealers would stop dealing because it would be no longer profitable and the licensees would not risk their livelihood selling to children.

  5. Matt
    10:35 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

    He just cost the NCAA a bunch of money. Good for him.

  6. davefromdagap
    10:42 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

    If this was one of our kids, the national media would have the friggin sky falling. There’d be a Cheech and Chong reference to Cal.

    • jus sayin
      12:07 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      True dat yo

  7. Cals Cats 3.0 Check us out on Facebook!
    10:43 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

    The NCAA will do their own drug test from time to time. When you fail those, the current penalty is a year’s suspension. I believe that is in the process of being changed to a half a year.

    If a player like Behanan case where the team knew he was doing drugs but it wasn’t caught by the NCAA, they can handle that in house. That wasn’t the case here.

    • Blake
      10:52 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Not really from time to time, more like final four teams. If it’s a pee test and he failed then he probably very recently smoked it or smoked it really often. That’s what makes it even more stupid on his part.

    • UKfan
      10:53 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

      How many do-overs did Chane get? Hard to say since UL wouldn’t release the info.

  8. Axe Cop
    10:45 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

    College kid acts like college kid.

  9. Pancreas
    10:45 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Absolutely infuriating.

  10. Rixter
    10:46 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

    I’m not a proponent of marijuana use, not even in favor of legalizing it. But this is BS. The NCAA basically just kicked this kid out of school. He was in school to play basketball, but he was in school. Way to go, NCAA, continue the stellar work.

    A one or two game suspension is plenty for this violation.

    • Blake
      10:58 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

      I agree, it’s hard to justify a 1 year suspension for weed when alcohol carries no penalty whatsoever. NCAA justice doesn’t have to have precedent or logic.

  11. Erik
    10:48 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

    A year for smoking weed?? That is incredibly harsh and life changing for such a small thing. He would be better off getting a dui, assaulting someone, etc. So ridiculous.

    • KyKid
      11:13 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Yeah, but we are talking about the NCAA here so no logic is necessary.

  12. bosshogg24
    10:51 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Can you imagine if a UK player was caught smoking weed? There would be ten ESPN satellite trucks and all the major News Networks in front of the Craft Center and we would hear about it around the clock. When it happens at another school, we hear very little, that shows UK dominates college basketball!

  13. Jerry
    10:57 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

    I choose to base my opinions on my own personal feelings for the person involved. McGary’s a douchebag so I’m very happy about his suspension. Got tired of watching his derpy face on TV during the tournament celebrating whenever Michigan played. George Cantstanzja. Don’t do drugs.

  14. Magnum's Mustach
    10:58 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Remember how Jeremy Jarmon got screwed the same way by the NCAA for using a weight gain supplement sold at General Nutrition. It cost him his senior year and the product was legal (unlike pot). The NCAA’s rules lack common sense.

    • KyKid
      11:15 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

      NCAA = No Commonsense Applicable Apparently

    • that guy
      11:21 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Except that would be NCSAA, since ‘commonsense’ isn’t a real word.

  15. ukbradstith
    11:02 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

    So he basically just wasted an entire year. He could have been a top 20 pick last year.

  16. DeAndre Daniels
    11:02 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Have I decided?

  17. el chupacabra
    11:10 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

    I smoked weed during the tournament too. I suppose I should declare for the draft as well…

  18. FKCat
    11:13 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Remember in the coverage on the tourney that they made a big deal out of him suiting up for the games? Wonder if he hadn’t been in uniform if he would have been subject to the testing?

    • KyKid
      11:16 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Since he suited up does that mean they have to forfeit all those wins? I dont mean that seriously but with the NCAA it wouldnt surprise me. Oh, wait, it wasnt UK so nevermind.

  19. CatBlue in LR
    11:22 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

    My preacher, a huge Michigan fan, is fond of saying Calipari has been a cheater everywhere he’s been, but Beilein, by contrast, is a “good and decent man.” Ha, ha, ha… can’t wait to confront him with the hypocrisy.

  20. Mattd
    11:24 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

    If only he had stuck to alcohol…. Obviously it’s a lot safer, has fewer side effects, and is a much better choice than marijuana! I mean data supports all this, which is clearly why marijuana is illegal and alcohol is legal. #facetious

    • el chupacabra
      11:42 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Preach it. Silly that mary j. is illegal and booze is okay. No reason beyond cultural preference and the alcohol lobby.

      And hey, Obama agrees (thought I’d throw that in there to get people going).

    • boo boo
      12:01 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink


  21. wow
    11:41 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

    It’s amazing to see what bigots and utterly ignorant people some of these commenters are. To see your stances on marijuana are incredible, and not in a good way. To the fool posting the link saying “casual marijuana use MAY cause brain damage” like youve proven some huge point. So what if marijuana MAY cause brain damage? youre losing brain cells everyday some way or another. running your head into something by accident, breathing this disgusting air, playing football or even MMA, which is so cool now… what about the facts? what about the FACT that we KNOW alcohol and tobacco kill brain cells, and more importantly MILLIONS OF PEOPLE every year?? and im not even going to get started on prescription drugs! WAKE UP! marijuana is far from the worst thing going, and all your points are ridiculous! this state is so far behind… sad.

    • Well....
      11:47 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Then move to Colorado, we won’t miss you.

    • el chupacabra
      11:53 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Right “Well…”, and then when he leaves we can toast to his departure drunk know..alcohol is so much better for your body and for society in general. Obviously the superior moral choice.

    • nate
      11:54 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

      alcohol is the best. it does no harm to the body at all and causes no problems. tobacco is awesome too! yay for death!

    • nate
      11:56 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

      and of course the first comment is a referance to colorado. lololol. “you have an opinion outside of my understanding and general beliefs?? go to colorado!”

    • boo boo
      12:02 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink


    • wow
      12:09 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      bigĀ·ot [big-uht]
      a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.

  22. RICK
    11:45 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Is everyone posting high? I mean high everyone posting.

  23. jaws2
    11:49 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Great, this just moves the twins down another spot. The NBA loves big men and drugs are no issue.

    11:50 am April 25, 2014 Permalink

    College kids smoke weed. Athletes smoke weed. Those precious ‘Caits you love so much? Some of those dudes smoke weed. I’ve seen it with my own eyes. Regardless of your (largely inaccurate) ideas about it, you’re going to have to accept the fact that these kids love the reefer. Stop turning our young people into criminals and pariahs with outdated marijuana laws. THAT is the real crime.

      11:56 am April 25, 2014 Permalink


    • WAKE UP
      11:57 am April 25, 2014 Permalink


  25. chris
    12:00 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Hey kykid, in high school, it was easier to buy a dime bag than a 12pack. That’s a fact. The lack of educated posters on this article Is alarming but is par for the course on a website like this.

  26. Quit the racism of this plant
    12:00 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    First of all for anyone saying marijuana is bad for the mind is uneducated on the subject. Its like coffee which has psychoactive properties. It basically makes your brain much more active. It protects the neurons in the brain and actually saves brain cells! We have a system in our bodies which is the most abundant throughout the whole body and marijuana is a perfect match to activate this system. Its called the cannabinoid system. Hence the real term for marijuana cannabis. People are so uneducated about this so called drug it makes you sick if you actually research this plant. They made a study to prove that it causes lung cancer and the Dr in charge was so set out to prove this only to find out that it actually reduces the risk of lung cancer! Dont take my word for it look it up. Only reason I write about this is because my mother died of cancer this drug could have helped prolong her life or saved her from premature death due to cancer. Marijuana has anti tumor and anti cancer effects. It can cause cancer cells to commit suicide and stop growing it can heal mild skin cancers in days, extreme cases of basil cell carcinoma in months and many many other things. It can regulate a persons blood sugar levels, it help destroy plaque in the brain which causes Alzheimer’s and so many other amazing things! It is an amazing super food as well! You can juice the leaves or eat them as a salad, and has the most omega 3 fatty acids of any plant in the world! One thing that could help the environment is it is an amazing alternative fuel source that is clean energy! I could keep going for hours, but my fingers hurt lol. I’m no doctor but it doesn’t take a genius to be able to come to the conclusion that we have been told lies and the American government has known since the 70s that this plant has miraculous healing powers! All im trying to do is show people that and maybe wake a few people up that in turn might wake others up…

    • Cheech's bong
      12:14 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Yay! joints all around! Apparently this is the wonderdrug we have all been looking for and the big bad government is in a massive conspiracy to suppress all its wonders.

    • Quit the racism of this plant
      12:33 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      @cheech’sBong it is THE drug! Now dont get it confused, smoking marijuana is a great way to relax and helps with a lot of things. With that said the best way to use this for things such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes Alzheimer’s and others is in highly concentrated forms such as an oil which is ingested, rubbed on the skin cancer or used as a vapor. One thing that we as Americans do not do is reduce the risk of getting cancer by preparing our immune system to fight off cancer from spreading. So in other words we need to take a preventative fight against it instead of reacting to it once the proverbial crap hits the fan. This plant can do that by either eating it and strengthening the immune system or the many other ways you can use it….

  27. Harrison Twins Impact
    12:01 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Two Is Better Than One: Will The Twins Return? The Decision Is Getting Closer…

  28. wow
    1:29 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    This is so incredibly stupid, kicking a kid out of school for a year (in effect) for smoking pot, the least dangerous of all drugs and the one that shows up longest in testing. I don’t even think non-performance drug testing should be legal, at least for those who have not criminally offended. Its sad people in this country are willing to stand up for the rights they believe in (gun rights, gay rights, whatever is important to them) but not the rights important to others, just on principle, like it used to be. Right to privacy is stomped on so bad these days, it would take decades to reverse the damage! That is besides the point that its as close to medical fact as we can get that tobacco is orders of magnitude more harmful to your health, some goes for alcohol… how anyone can possibly be for criminal penalties and harsh penalties like this for smoking pot is beyond me, its simply un-American.

  29. Herby Herbstreit
    12:42 am April 26, 2014 Permalink

    This dissappoints me. McGary was a guy I generally enjoyed watching play. As a former NCAA athlete you know there will be drug testing at the NCAA tournament level. McGary deserves the suspension he received. A shame for a kid with a ton of potential.