According to the program's detailed regulations, participants can be banned in one of two situations. The first is a positive test for a "drug of abuse." The second offense involves being convicted of, or pleading guilty to, using, possessing, or distributing a controlled substance. In both cases, the player is automatically suspended without any further action required by the league.
Evans was arrested on January 16, 2014 and charged with simple possession of marijuana. He entered a plea agreement and was sentenced to two days in jail and three years of probation. As part of his sentence, prosecutors dismissed the charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Under the terms of his probation, Evans must submit to random drug tests and may be subject to additional testing at any time during the period of his probation. If he fails any drug test, his probation could be revoked and he could go back to prison.
This is not Evans' first run-in with the law. He has several other arrests dating back to 2008 when he was a freshman at USC. He was suspended for one game as a result of those charges.
Evans came into the NBA after winning the National Championship with Kentucky. He was considered one of the best point guards in college basketball and was expected to contribute right away in New York.
Evans was barred from playing professional tennis in April 2017 after testing positive for cocaine. He had been suspended by the ATP in October 2016 for repeated violations of anti-doping rules.
In March 2015, Evans was given a one-year ban by the ATP after testing positive for cocaine twice within 12 months. The first violation occurred in January 2015 when he tested positive at the Australian Open. His return match was cancelled due to injury. The second violation occurred two months later at the Miami Masters when he again tested positive. This time he failed to show up for his suspension and did not respond to multiple messages from the ATP requesting an explanation for his absence. As a result, his one-year suspension was extended by another year.
When asked about his absence, Evans said that he was suffering from severe anxiety and depression and was seeking treatment.
He also stated that he made a "mistake" by using cocaine and that he wants to get back into the sport as soon as possible. However, several other players have returned from similar suspensions and still remain banned. So, it is unclear if this will affect his ability to play professional tennis again.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been barred from LSU facilities for two years as part of the school's self-imposed sanctions. Beckham was banned because he provided money to Tigers players after the team won the National Championship in January. He had previously been suspended for one game following his freshman season in 2013.
Beckham donated $10,000 to go toward student-athlete stipends at LSU. In addition, several current and former Tigers players received monetary gifts from him. The NCAA does not ban athletes from giving funds to college students, but it does require them to declare all outside income before beginning their seasons. If an athlete fails to do so, he or she could be subject to penalties such as suspension or loss of eligibility.
LSU concluded that Beckham had violated NCAA rules by providing cash payments to players. The football program also failed federal education tax laws by not reporting more than $100,000 in earnings by its students during 2008-2012. The school said it would seek "to send a strong message" with its own punishment for the violations, which it admitted were committed by members of its staff.
Odell Beckham Jr. is considered one of the best receivers in college football. He led the Browns to the playoffs last season after they drafted him ninth overall. Cleveland plans to use him often this year out wide opposite star player Antonio Brown.