A positive marijuana test administered by the NCAA is the reason Mitch McGary is no longer on the Michigan basketball team. What many criticized to be an archaic rule -- a year-long suspension for a single positive test -- basically forced McGary's hand, and he opted in late April to pledge for the NBA. The Oklahoma City Thunder took the Michigan sophomore with the 21st pick in June's NBA Draft. What made the McGary verdict so frustrating to him and plenty of others: He was tested and effectively punished when he wasn't even able to play. The test was given after Michigan's win over Tennessee in the Sweet 16 -- as McGary was still rehabbing from a back injury, an ailment that ended his season last December. As you see in the video above, McGary spoke recently to Vice Sports about the smoking, the supsension and why he's now thankful it led to him where he is now. "I ended up getting injured and then having this little, uh, suspension that forced me to leave," McGary said. "Overall I think it was good for me. It was a learning moment, and the way I handled it was mature and responsible, so I think people actually took my side and went against the NCAA rather than being like, 'Hey, you're some druggie.'"
Mitch McGary on his pot use in college: 'So what'
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