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Mitch McGary suspended five games by NBA for violating anti-drug policy

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Once promising Oklahoma City Thunder big-man Mitch McGary has been suspended by the NBA following a violation of its anti-drug policy.

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With the recent five-game drug-related suspension of Mitch McGary, Oklahoma City's off season has gone from bad to worse. McGary, 24, is coming off a pronounced Sophomore slump where injuries and failure to register playing time emphatically halted the momentum he showcased during a surprising rookie run.

After averaging just 1.3 points and 3.1 minutes per contest last season, McGary showed well as a member of Oklahoma City's Orlando Summer League squad prior to his Friday suspension. The 2014 first-round selection had these comments for Anthony Slater of News OK regarding his five-game exile to begin the 16'-17' season.

"I clearly made a mistake and for that I apologize to the organization, my teammates, and our fans. I realize there are only so many opportunities given to you and I need to make sure that as a person and as a player, I take accountability and ensure that this does not happen again."

Disappointment regarding McGary's most recent off-court troubles are compounded by a prior one-year suspension from the NCAA due to marijuana use that eventually led the former Michigan Wolverine to enter the 2014 NBA Draft. McGary, though talented, has a history of injuries and off-court issues that may severely harm his standing in OKC.

Stay tuned to WTLC for more updates regarding the Mitch McGary situation.