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Hornets: Malik Monk reinstated from indefinite drug-policy suspension

Hornets guard Malik Monk

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - FEBRUARY 25: Malik Monk #1 of the Charlotte Hornets against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 25, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Hornets guard Malik Monk got suspended indefinitely Feb. 26 for violating the NBA’s drug policy.

Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer:

Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk, suspended under the NBA’s anti-drug policy in February, has been reinstated.

Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak revealed that Monday during a conference call with Charlotte media.

“That’s been a while now,” Kupchak said of Monk’s suspension ending.

Monk’s suspension fit a player in Stage 1 of the Drugs of Abuse (cocaine, heroin, etc.) program who’s not in compliance. If that were the case, Monk had 30 days to get into compliance. Otherwise, he would’ve faced Stage 2 and a voided contract.

The NBA suspended its season due to coronavirus halfway through that 30-day window, and Monk’s situation slipped from public consciousness.

But it’s good to hear he’s back on track now.