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USADA says NBA’s drug-testing is easy to beat

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U.S. Anti-Doping Agency head Travis Tygart says it is not difficult for NBA players to beat the league’s drug-testing program.

Tygart told ESPN.com that the NBA’s testing program, which is built on six urine tests a year, is “not at all” tough to beat.

“Unfortunately, I think the athletes are being let down by the system,” Tygart said in an interview with ESPN.com at the Sloan Conference on sports analytics Saturday at MIT. “Really, I’ve said it before. If there’s no chance of getting caught, and you’re overly competitive, you’re going to do anything possible to win. That includes using these dangerous drugs because they will give you a performance-enhancing benefit.

“We’re hopeful at some point the athletes are supported and given the opportunity to be held to the highest standards. They do it when they’re subjected to the Olympic testing, a year out before the OIympic Games. They’re under our jurisdiction subject to blood testing and out-of-competition, no-notice, no blackout periods for when they can’t be tested. And they fully support it. We’ve never had a player say they didn’t want to be part of the program because of the testing.” ESPN

It’s also worth mentioning that the Biogenesis’ PED investigation involved unknown NBA players. – AL 

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