INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -Indiana Pacers center David Harrison was suspended for five games Friday by the NBA for violating the league's anti-drug program.
Harrison's suspension, which is without pay, will begin with Saturday's game at Sacramento, the league said.
Pacers president Larry Bird said the team was disappointed with the news.
``This is a private matter and we will do what we can to provide David any help going forward,'' Bird said in a statement.
Harrison, who was the team's first pick in 2004 from Colorado, has averaged 4.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 27 games this season. He missed seven games with a sore back before rejoining the team Jan. 4 against Atlanta. He is signed through this season.
Harrison was one of five Indiana Pacers charged in a brawl with Detroit Pistons fans at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Nov. 19, 2004. Teammates Ron Artest, Anthony Johnson, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson also were charged.
Each pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault and battery and was sentenced to probation and community service. All except Harrison were suspended by the NBA. Harrison still faces a lawsuit related to the brawl.
The NBA conducts random tests four times a season. Players are subject to up to a 10-game suspension for a first offense, a 25-game ban for a second offense, a one-year suspension for a third offense and banishment from the league if caught a fourth time.
Advertisement

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Rockets vs. Nuggets Prediction After stunning the Warriors last night as a double-digit underdog, will the Rockets cover again tonight when they visit the Nuggets at 10:30PM...
Thumbnail Butler aims to keep scorching nets The Cavaliers are coming off back-to-back losses heading into tonight’s game at Chicago. Can LeBron James & Co. get back on track in...
Thumbnail Pistons vs. Hawks Pick Can the Detroit Pistons continue their current hot streak on the road when they face the Atlanta Hawks tonight at 8PM...
Thumbnail Lakers vs. Raptors Prediction Is the over the right play tonight when the Lakers visit the Raptors at 7:30PM ET?
Thumbnail Los Angeles grinding through problems, too J.R. Smith and the Cavaliers want to put a head-scratching performance behind them as soon as possible. What better way to do that than by welcoming the...
More inNBA Articles  

NBA Team Pages