Mitch McGary Turning Pro After Positive Weed Tests Nets Him a 1-Year Ban

April 25, 2014 at 9:39a    by DJ Byrnes    
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Well, this is bizarre. From Yahoo!:

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Mitch McGary took a deep breath. He wanted to tell the story of why he smoked marijuana one night in March, why the NCAA suspended him for a year because of it and why the confluence of those events is helping lead him to declare for June's NBA draft. It wasn't easy, so he started at the beginning.

For months, McGary had struggled to come to terms with the back injury that limited him to just eight games for the University of Michigan this season, none after mid-December. Less than a year earlier, he helped lead the Wolverines to the 2013 national title game as a star freshman. Now, he was a spectator.

One night in mid-March, with the NCAA tournament about to begin without him, McGary was hanging out with a group of friends at Michigan. He had a few drinks. Someone offered some marijuana – a common occurrence, he said, on campus.

"I always turned it down," McGary told Yahoo Sports. "But that night I didn't."

The NCAA recently ruled that the Devil's Lettuce isn't a performance-enhancing drug and relaxed its draconian sentencing standards on the issue. (It's now a mere 6-month ban for smoking the plant, but obviously McGary wasn't grandfathered in.)

It was probably in McGary's best interest to leave Michigan anyway after failing to take advantage of his sky-high stock after Michigan's run to the 2013 finals, but now it looks like he's fleeing the consequences of his actions.

I guess the message is simple: Don't drink alcohol, because you'll end up smoking your buddy's weed. 


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Killer nuts's picture

Crazy story, not sad to see him go pro and I guess this adds a little bit of humor to the story. Really doesn't seem like something that should warrant a year long ban #ncaa

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buckeyesean's picture

I agree that the 1 year ban is quite harsh, but I also seem to recall all the high (pun intended) on their horse Michigan Men always bad mouthing the "type" of players OSU recruits, while neglecting to realize their Michigan Men are exactly the same.  I recall the NFL made Pryor serve some sort of suspension for his trouble with the NCAA, doubt the NBA would do the same since Silver is a lot more reasonable in his governance of the sport than Goodell is, but an interesting turn to say the least.  

Can certainly say I am not disappointed we don't have to watch TNT/TBS/CBS next March for them showing this guy dancing on the sidelines every 30 seconds.

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d5k's picture

Wow, that was an interesting take...

skid21's picture

while neglecting to realize their Michigan Men are exactly the same.

But he only said yes the one time and it happened to be the time he got caught. OSU players get away with everything. Michigan men only get away with smoking pot and rape.

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d5k's picture

Medical marijuana is legal in Michigan.  I'm sure he didn't have a prescription to use it at a party, but given his back surgery (and probably depression by his description of events) he probably could get a prescription.  So this is similar to someone taking vicodin that was prescribed to someone else in your household.

1 year is obviously WAY too long but the NCAA shouldn't even have authority to suspend players at all for something like this.

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Boom777's picture

Very true. Where do they get their authority to control what people do. Especially adults. 

Wherever you are, there you be!

buckguyfan1's picture

Might account for the spike in after mid-night donut consumption in Ann Arbor.

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Brutus Forever's picture

No, that's just Hoke getting his midnight snack

"I learned to dislike Michigan at a very young age.” – Urban F. Meyer

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BierStube's picture

"I always turned it down," McGary told Yahoo Sports. "But that night

Sure, I believe him!

 

 

 

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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buckeyedude's picture

Upvote for Phil Hartman GIF. One of my all-time fav comedians. RIP Phil. You are missed.

 

 

BierStube's picture

Never mind the Hippy Lettuce, isn't he under the age of 21 as well!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

kholmes's picture

21 currently..turns 22 in June. Thats part of why most thought he would declare despite missing so much of year as he was already "old" in the eyes of the NBA.

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BierStube's picture

Lazy me should have looked it up .. upvote for you

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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original buckeye's picture

How in the world is he going to turn 22 at the end of his sophomore year in college?  Aren't most college kids 22 (or younger even) when they graduate?

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brandonbauer87's picture

I'll sit in a glass house and not throw stones until the Roby case is final. 

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Hogan1's picture

He better kick the habit... Im sure its almost impossible to find weed in the NBA.

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acBuckeye's picture

But I've always been told that they just don't do those types of immoral things at michigan.

tennbuckeye19's picture

So he only used it one time, eh? I believe that about as much as I believe Clinton didn't inhale...

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hobochops987's picture

This isn't ridiculous.....This is sports

Trust in UFM

MikeNugents BigToe's picture

Saw this today...

 

"Remember that 55 yarder against Marshall?" -Not Mike Nugent

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buckeyedude's picture

^^^^^^^Winner.

 

 

Tritz50's picture

This is my first post on here.  For me this isn't a michigan/tOSU thing. Probably wrong thing to say on here.  For me this is more about, is it really too much to ask that college athletes not do illegal drugs??  I agree a year seems excessive but McGary knew or should have known the rule, and he did it anyway.  Don't blame the NCAA, hold McGary accountable.  If I'm Boehline I would have kicked him off the team for the positive test.  I just don't get why people think it's ok to do illegal drugs and expect no punishment or a slap on the wrist, perhaps that is why so many athletes smoke pot.

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buckeyedude's picture

I could be wrong, but I think so many people/athletes smoke it simply because they like it. Nobody ever thinks they're going to caught.

 

 

ToetotheFace's picture

People drive with multiple people in the car, drive while texting, drive while talking on the phone, smoke cigarettes which are worse then marijuana anyways, without getting punished. But oh no, he did something that violates an arbitrary law! He is the scum of the earth! If we're trying to stop something they're doing to THEMSELVES that does NOT ENHANCE their performance via harsh penalty, the only logic to it is the danger it causes on the athlete. Weed is no more dangerous than any of those activities, and considering that, the only reason you could possibly be arguing for these ridiculous penalties is based on America's Laws. Please don't tell me you actually believe our law system is a logical code to judge situations by; it is incredibly inconsistent, inefficient, and sometimes downright stupid in the way they evaluate it(loop holes, legal speech, etc.). For example, Banks can knowingly(and very profitably too) launder money for criminal drug operations while only getting a slap on the wrist, while some guy can bang a 17 yr old(consensual) when he is 18 and get the rest of his life more or less destroyed through the impact of something that is ridiculous to punish anyways.

Now McGary was stupid to not process it through his system before the test(or just simply not do it), or go with a strategy to not record a positive(seeing that he was breaking what should have been a known rule), but he is only what? 21? And that is a whole different discussion anyways. If we're arguing about the logic of the system however, you just don't have an argument. And don't come at me with trash like "If I think drunk driving is stupid can I drive drunk?" When you know damn well there is a significant difference between the dangers and logic behind the rules of drunk driving, and the rules of marijuana usage in comparison to legal drugs like cigars/cigarettes.

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Tritz50's picture

My argument isn't as much with whether or not I agree with the rule ( I do believe you should be punished for it though).  My argument is people blaming the NCAA for McGary being suspended, instead of blaming McGary for knowingly violating a rule.  Why does he get a pass??  He made a poor decision hold him accountable, instead of saying well it's ok that shouldn't be a rule anyway.

Deadly Nuts's picture

Will he serve a ban in the pro's like Pryor or Tressel or does that rule only apply to Ohio State?

LEBRON

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JakeBuckeye's picture

Not going to hate on McGary or Michigan for this. I'm sure none of us would even want to know the percentage of Buckeye football/basketball players that smoke the ganga from time to time.

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William's picture

What, a kid in college drank and smoked weed? Better punish him! This just proves that the NCAA is absolutely idiotic. 

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skid21's picture

I agree it is idiotic to give such a ridiculous punishment for smoking pot. However, I also agree with the poster above that it is no secret it is illegal (like it or not) and a NCAA violation (like it or not). He did it regardless of the known rules. Until it is legal and not a violation suck it up or be prepared to face the consequences if it means that much to you.

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William's picture

Or the NCAA could realize they're a bunch of buffoons and not punish 'student-athletes' for smoking pot. Should 'student-athletes' be punished for smoking pot in Colorado? It's perfectly legal for recreational consumption there. 

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skid21's picture

We could argue this point all day. It isn't illegal in Ohio for you to sell or trade your own belongings either. I'm not saying I agree with the rules but if you know them, which you should, then don't break them. It really is that simple. I don't smoke pot because I know if I do I could lose my job due to random drug tests, not because I think smoking pot is evil.

d5k's picture

Why do people all over the world continue to respond to arguments about the merits or lack thereof of a law/rule by saying "he should've known better/followed the rules"?  That is a straw man you are beating to death and it has been set on fire many times before.  Clearly McGary made a mistake AND the rules/punishment are really really stupid. 

Tritz50's picture

So your logic is that if you think the rule is stupid then you don't have to follow it??  I think the rules against drunk driving are stupid therefore I should be allowed to drive drunk? I get that there are far worse things to do than smoke pot and a lot of college athletes do it, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be punished for it. It's still illegal (yes I get that it is legal in Colorado but last time I checked scUM isn't located in Colorado.

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William's picture

Brilliant straw man here. So, quick question, how does McGary spoking pot with his bodies, in someone's apartment, endanger someone? Operating an automobile while intoxicated certainly endangers people, and should therefore be illegal, but toking it up in someone's place of residency doesn't. If a rule is stupid, and doesn't endanger anyone, then yeah, it should be wholly ignored, because it's fucking stupid in the first place. And spare me the "it's illegal" mantra. Just because something is a law in this country doesn't make it just, logical, or rational, and it should be ignored. It's a federal offense to toss out mail addressed to someone else, even if you receive it in your mailbox...There are plenty of stupid laws on the book, and the banning of recreational use of marijuana is just one of them. 

Tritz50's picture

Your absolutely right, smoking pot with friends is not dangerous to anyone else, ya know because doing drugs has never led to people being killed ever.

 

Tell me after smoking the pot how does Mr. McGary get home?? I mean i'm sure he would have called a cab and not tried to drive himself home and putting others in danger, because athletes are known for calling cabs and not trying to drive themselves home after a night of partying. Again the basis of your argument is I don't agree with the rule so I won't follow it but then I'll be mad when I am punished for not following the rule.  I like how you dismiss my argument of it being illegal by simply saying dont give me the "it's illegal" reasoning, because that just makes too much sense.

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nightmuse's picture

I am confused. Wasn't Noah Spence drug test an NCAA mandated drug test. He got 3 games, didn't he?  That seems  reasonable in comparison.

skid21's picture

From what I understand it was the timing. If during the NCAA tournament it is a year mandatory. I would guess the rationale is they don't want players using to enhance performance for championship games. I don't see how pot would help your performance but it is a rule which I'm sure he was aware of.

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Noah Spence originally had a one year ban, then he appealed and got it down to three since he did not take it himself. Apparently it was in his drink at a party.

LEBRON

JJHerman's picture

I'm glad Noah Spence is only out 3 games. But for the record, his story is not true. But he did the right thing by lying (SEC style). I don't know as fact...but I know...
 

PowerfulPrimates are powerful....

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buckeyedude's picture

Is Mary Jane a performance enhancing drug? If so then Michigan should forfeit all of the games that he played in.

 

 

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

One year ban for smoking weed one time?  Come the hell on, NCAA, that's bullshit.  Especially considering the recent ruling and the fact that it is now legal in two states. 

That being said, McGary should go pro regardless of any ban.  Could've done it a year ago, really. 

Class of 2010.

ToetotheFace's picture

Really should have actually. Would have been a top 15 pick, now he'll be lucky to make the 1st round.