Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Gist's Drug Test Penalty from FIBA Announced: 3 Month Suspension
Earlier this summer, shortly after the news of James Gist (2004-08) signing to play for Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahçe Ulker, FIBA announced that Gist had failed a drug test, testing positive for marijuana. After re-testing his samples and hearing Gist's apologetic appeal, FIBA has announced Gist's penalty: a 3 month suspension (translation), which is essentially a slap on the wrist because the suspension is retroactive to the date of the drug test, so it basically amounts to "time served". Gist will be eligible to play for Fenerbahçe on September 9, 2011, well before their season begins in mid-October.