NBA suspends Hornets' Monk for violating anti-drug program

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(Reuters) — The NBA indefinitely suspended Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk without pay Thursday for violating terms of the league’s anti-drug program.

His suspension begins with Wednesday night’s game against the New York Knicks and will continue until he is “determined to be in full compliance with the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program,” the league said in a brief news release.

Further details were not immediately available, but the Hornets issued a short statement.

“The Charlotte Hornets are disappointed in Malik’s decision making that resulted in his suspension. As an organization, we do not condone his behavior. However, we are committed to supporting Malik during this time,” the statement read.

In his third NBA season, the 22-year-old Monk is averaging 10.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 55 games (one start).

Drafted 11th overall out of Kentucky in 2017, he has career averages of 8.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 191 games.