Whenever a basketball player is involved with drugs, the WNBA never fails to give disciplinary actions to those who violate the league’s anti-drug program.
This happens to San Antonio Stars power forward who has been suspended for three games without pay for an unspecified violation of the WNBA/WNBPA Anti-Drug Program. The suspension was announced prior to Wednesday night’s home game against Atlanta Dream. The 26-year-old Stars player, Danielle Adams, missed her team’s 102-85 victory over Dream, as well as Friday’s game against Washington Mystics where the Stars lost, 88-53. Aside from the two games, she will also miss Sunday’s game against Los Angeles Sparks. Adams admitted her wrongdoing and apologized for what she had done which made her fans and her team frustrated.
“I sincerely apologize to my teammates, the Stars organization and our fans for my actions,” said the 2011 WNBA All-Star player. “As a professional athlete, I understand that I am held to a higher standard. I plan to use this experience as an opportunity to grow both personally and professionally.”
This really sounds frustrating and a bit alarming for Stars. Head coach and general manager Dan Hughes didn’t hide his disappointment with Danielle’s predicament.
“Danielle’s health and well-being are our top priorities as she works through this process,” said Stars head coach and general manager Dan Hughes. “While we are disappointed in Danielle’s actions, our focus will be on supporting and assisting her in every way we can.”
Adams, who was selected in the second round of the of the 2011 WNBA Draft by the San Antonio Silver Stars, scored 32 points against the Atlanta Dream in 2011, setting the franchise’s rookie record. The former Jefferson College star player was also named as a reserve to the roster of the All-Star team for the WNBA All-Star game in 2011.
Clearly, the player had a good record in the past WNBA seasons. With this, I can’t blame Hughes for he is looking forward to using Adams’s defensive skills in their next games. Will San Antonio Stars’ kind of play be affected now that the 6-foot-1tall American player is out of the game? I hope not because their record has been somewhat frustrating due to the team’s many losses. They need to bounce back after and win more games in order to join the playoffs.
Hopefully, Adams will learn her lesson now!