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No Air Bud: Kevin Durant will need to abstain from cannabis ahead of Tokyo Olympics

NBA player Kevin Durant has never been shy about sharing his love of weed.

But according to AS.com, the 32-year-old Brooklyn Nets forward has been forced to abstain from partaking in one of his favourite puff-puff-passtimes in preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games, where he will be a member of the U.S. team.

To play, Durant will need to avoid the fate of fellow cannabis-consuming athletes such as Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebegliati, American swimmer Michael Phelps and, most recently, U.S. sprinting prodigy Sha’Carri Richardson, all of whom suffered serious consequences after testing positive for THC, the intoxicating compound in the cannabis plant.

While the NBA stopped testing players for cannabis and the drug was recently legalized in Durant’s current home state of New York, World Anti-Doping Agency rules still apply for athletes competing in the Olympics. There will definitely be no toking in Tokyo for this year’s competitors.

While no sort of timeline has been released or reported, Durant has likely had to abstain for a while. While THC can be detectable in light users for a few days, in heavier, chronic users, that period could stretch to weeks or even longer.

The NBA star’s friend, author Matthew Sullivan, shed further light on Durant’s appreciation for cannabis earlier this month.

“He smokes even more weed than you would think,” Sullivan said during an interview on the podcast The Dan Le Batard Show. “I was at his house at one o’clock in the morning. The entire place just reeks. He doesn’t have a girlfriend. He doesn’t go on crazy vacations. He doesn’t do anything other than hoop. Like nothing. He’s boring as hell. So going out to him is just blazing.”

Despite Durant’s reported compliance with anti-doping requirements, he has always been critical of professional sports leagues testing players for cannabis use. “Everyone on my team drinks coffee every day. The guys go out for wine after games or have a drink every now and then. Marijuana should be on the same level,” he argued during an episode of Showtime’s All the Smoke earlier this year.

“It’s not harmful to anybody. It can only help, enhance and do good things. I feel like it shouldn’t even be a big topic of discussion anymore,” Durant said.

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