Through the course of the years, the NBA has seen a lot of crazy guys walk all over the hardwood, with thug attitudes and unsportsmanlike conducts, putting the league’s integrity in jeopardy as they’re a danger for the team, themselves and even the fans, being a poor example for young ballers that actually look up to them.
It’s pretty normal to watch some guys that didn’t have much growing up and now are millionaires in the NBA, and more often than not, those guys that came from poverty-filled environments can’t just shake their thug lifestyle and crip-member attitude even if they finally made it.
So, the league has had to step up on several occasions and take legal actions against some crazy dudes that don’t realize that they’re actually hurting the sport that made them earn a living, having to permanently ban them from playing for any of the 30 franchises in the league, and today we’ll take a look at those very same guys.
The former Indianapolis Olympian was an extremely talented player, being the 22nd overall pick of the 1949 draft out of Kentucky U as a point guard, spending just a couple of seasons in the NBA before being banned for life due to a scandal regarding sports betting.
Beard had a great feel for the game and could score in bunches during his first couple of seasons, averaging over 15 points and 4 assists per contest, but facing a lifetime ban for taking money to win games for less than 10 points during his last year at college.
Groza was Beard’s brother in arms during their NCAA stint at Kentucky U, being the second guy in charge on both offense and defense, being the 2nd overall pick of that very same 1949 NBA draft and also playing for a couple of seasons as a member of the Olympians.
Through those couple of seasons, Groza fared even better than Beard with his averages of almost 22 points per game before also being permanently banned from playing in the NBA for his implication in the sports betting scandal.
White’s case was even worse than Groza’s and Beard’s, as the first two actually made it into the Association, played for a couple of years and even became All-Stars, while White wouldn’t even be eligible to ever play in the NBA.
Sherman was also involved in point shaving during his NCAA stint after being one of the greatest prospects in the nation and the Sporting News Player of the Year, falling from being a no-brainer 1st round pick to not even setting foot on an NBA floor.
The former Detroit Piston Small Forward was also permanently banned from playing in the NBA after the 53-54 campaign for yet another betting scandal, but this one was even more stupid, as Molinas actually waged in favor or against his very own team.
Being drafted 3rd overall during the 1953 NBA draft, he was one of the best rookies in the nation with averages of more than 12 points and almost 7 boards per contest, but his implications in this scandal prevented him from ever becoming relevant.
Drew was actually the first player to ever be banned from the NBA due to constant substance abuse and repeated violations of the league’s policy, struggling to keep away from drugs during most of his life.
The shooting guard was actually a very talented player and an important member of the Atlanta Hawks and Utah Jazz through a 10-year stint, but his addiction to cocaine completely ruined his life after being a fierce and versatile scorer.
Washington was permanently banned from setting foot on NBA hardwood during the middle of the 88-89 campaign for the very same reason Drew got banned, as he tested positive for the most prohibited substance in the Association: Cocaine.
The shooting guard wasn’t able to spend much time in the NBA due to that kind of misconduct, and he’ll only be remembered nowadays for being Derek Fisher’s older brother, failing to achieve anything important through his NBA career.
During the late 80’s, the league really became way more disciplined regarding the drug use and abuse amongst their players, trying their best to clean and renew the image of the NBA and performing very strict controls and random tests.
So, Washburn was yet another “victim” of their drug policy, being permanently banned from playing in the Association after testing positive on 3 different drug tests during the very same season and being forced to get the hell out of the NBA after just 3 seasons playing as a center for the Warriors and Hawks.
The former Dallas Mavericks power forward was only able to stay in the league for 6 full seasons due to struggles with drugs and alcohol, after being drafted 6th overall by the Mavs in the 1986 NBA draft as a standout prospect out of Michigan.
In fact, Tarpley’s suspension was actually temporary, so he spent a couple of seasons overseas before being reinstated. Sadly, he actually failed to keep sober, being once again banned for his abuse of alcohol, and this time for good.
And last but not least, we have Richard Dumas, who got permanently banned after being suspended several times due to substance abuse and refusing to check in for rehabilitation, being reinstated a couple of years later but being suspended for once again falling off the wagon.
Before that, it looked like Dumas was going to be a huge monster coming in the 2nd round out of Oklahoma State, averaging 15.8 points and 4.6 rebounds as a rookie Small Forward for the Phoenix Suns, although he was never able to find consistency due to that constant misbehavior.