Basketball: WSU’s Thompson cited for marijuana; Pac-10’s top scorer suspended for UCLA game

Seems the Washington State Cougars have bigger problems right now than Reggie Moore’s sprained ankle.

Junior guard Klay Thompson, the leading scorer in the Pac-10, was cited Thursday night for possession of marijuana. The Cougars announced that Thompson will be suspended for Saturday’s Pac-10 game against UCLA.

Here’s an updated version of the full story.

Check out the reaction of Klay Thompson’s father — former No. 1 NBA draft pick Mychal Thompson — in this story by the Seattle Times. An unhappy dad.

WSU coach Ken Bone released this statement:

“We are aware of the situation involving Klay and will continue to gather information. Klay will be suspended for Saturday’s game against UCLA and the situation will continue to be evaluated throughout the weekend. Until that time neither myself nor the team will have further comment.”

Thompson is the second WSU player cited this season for marijuana possession. Moore was suspended for one game after a similar offense.

Jeff Faraudo

  • CoBears

    Everyone on WSU’s team doing their best to ensure that they get the chance to play UW again in the conference tournament. Great story on this in the Seattle Times, with his dad telling it like it is:


    If only all parents had the same attitude and involvement in their children’s growth and education.

  • Uh Huh!

    Holy Cow.
    This is shocking news to me!

    I can’t imagine that a guy who was making a push to maybe go NBA after this season would do this. Sounds like it’s his post-game habit to chill out after the intensity of the game. Mistake.

  • David

    If it doesn’t affect his game, who cares? Tons of NBA players smoke. It’s not a performance enhancing drug

  • Paul Thomas

    Helpful for Cal, because a WSU loss on Saturday (unless I’ve messed up the tiebreaker analysis) ensures Cal is into the 4/5 game and avoids matching up with Washington until (theoretically) the Pac-10 final.

  • milo

    Pot isn’t a performance enhancing drug…so what is the big deal? In fact it’s safer then alcohol.

  • Uh Huh!

    David and Milo:

    I pray you never have to deal with the painful repercussions of drug and alcohol abuse in your personal family life. People try to qualify these things to exclude “their” situation as:

    drug x is different – doesn’t count.
    I don’t abuse – doesn’t count.
    I can control it – doesn’t apply to me.

    Individual American families by the millions learn these lessons over and over and over again. Day after day, year after year, generation after generation. Why haven’t we, therefore, as a Society learned the lesson?

    I am sick of hearing excuses like yours, and don’t understand why we as a society can’t GET IT and just stop altogether. Lives get ruined. Families are torn apart and they never recover. People die. This is a recreational hazard of great and grave proportions!

    I am shocked at your nonchalance. Sadly, I guess you have to live the pain in order to see my point of view. By that time, it’s often too late to put the genie back in the bottle.

    Just Say No.
    If I’m an NBA exec, he’s not on my team…

    Remember all that WSU propping I was doing at the beginning of the season, JF? Yeah, well, now learning that TWO of their players have been busted for this, I could care less that they did not live up to their potential this season. Flame out!