Phoenix Suns star guard Devin Booker is suspended without pay for one game after testing positive for C amphetamine metabolite methylene blue, which is also known as amphetamine or party drugs, the NBA announced Thursday.
According to ESPN.com, Booker tested positive for a metabolite of methoxyamphetamine and told the league he has taken the drug since the beginning of his collegiate career at Kentucky. Coaches in college are well aware of the strength and potency of recreational drugs and forbade use of prescription ADHD medication in preseason practices, leading to coaches taking to altering pregame routine to limit interactions with players suspected of taking drugs.
Booker was pulled from a game last week and spoke to his teammates in front of teammates about a few days ago about how the test and the subsequent suspension would affect his future, according to multiple ESPN sources.
Booker is set to make $4.4 million this season, the third of his four-year rookie contract. He is set to make $3.25 million next season and $5.25 million in each of the two years after that.