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5 NBA Players whose career was ruined because of drugs

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Drug and alcohol addiction is one of the saddest situations to be in. It can destroy not only a player professionally but can affect their personal life to a degree of no return. Sportsmen have been under the scanner for such habits for decades now and in some cases, it is quite easy to understand why.

Some players have a really rough childhood growing up and come from bad neighborhoods or surround themselves with the wrong company during their high school and when they do enter the fame of the illustrious league and the money that comes with it, it's just too much for them to resist.

There was a serious problem for the league in the 80s and even the 90s to an extent. Former assistant coach and respected scout Ed Badger famously said that in the 1986 draft was unlucky for many teams with numerous players succumbing to drug or alcohol addiction.

Here is a look at some of the most infamous cases of drug abuse in the NBA:

#5 Richard Dumas

Richard Dumas with the Philadelphia 76ers during the 1995-96 season
Richard Dumas with the Philadelphia 76ers during the 1995-96 season (Image courtesy: philadelphia.cbslocal.com)

Taken with the 46th pick of the 1992 NBA draft by the Pheonix Suns, Dumas was suspended before his NBA career could even start. He failed a drug test before the training camp began and spent the first nineteen games of his rookie season playing in Israel due to suspension.

When he eventually took the court, there were signs of a very promising player. He averaged 15.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in his rookie season and helped the Suns secure the best record in the league with 62 wins and even reached the NBA Finals. He was named to the All-Rookie second team for his performances.

Three months after the NBA Finals, Dumas was in rehab and retired from the game at the age of 26 stating that he "got bored of basketball". In 2013 Dumas was arrested on eight felony charges of alleged Organized Retail Theft. Dumas claimed that his increased drug use was due to Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" campaign making him all the more curious.



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