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NBA Suspends Former Duke Star Laettner For Violating Drug Policy

Posted January 13, 2004 3:09 a.m. EST

— Washington Wizards forward Christian Laettner, who played collegiately at Duke, was suspended five games Tuesday for violating the NBA's drug policy.

The suspension, without pay, began with Tuesday night's home game against Houston.

Spokesman Tim Frank said the league would not comment on when the violation occurred or what substance was involved.

The 6-foot-11 Laettner, who led Duke to consecutive NCAA championships in 1991 and 1992, is in his 12th NBA season. He is averaging 6.7 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Wizards (10-25), who are sixth in the seven-team Atlantic Division.

He also played for Minnesota, Atlanta, Detroit and Dallas.