Mitch McGary left school a little earlier than planned after failing a drug test following a game he didn't even play in. McGary was randomly tested after Michigan's NCAA Tournament game against Tennessee.
When asked about it recently by VICE Sports, McGary said. “So what? I learned from it. I was in college. … It was the opposite of harming somebody.”
In April, he told Yahoo! Sports “"I always turned it down. But that night I didn't."
McGary's response is the opposite of a denial and the opposite of claiming it was just because of secondhand smoke.
In fact, he said in the VICE Sports interview that “Overall, I think it was good for me. It was a learning moment.”
McGary mentioned that a return to Michigan would have meant potentially risking an injury.
Drafted by the Thunder
Despite questions about the health of his back, which limited him to eight games last season for the Wolverines, the Thunder selected McGary No. 21 overall in the draft.
Now, McGary's just ready for the season to begin.
“I haven't played in a game for like eight months,” McGary told VICE sports. “I love the game and I'm just eager to get back on the court.
“For a team to take a chance on me after all the adversity I went through and the way I ended my college career, it says a lot about them,” McGary said in his introductory press conference with the Thunder."
What went wrong?
Well, McGary just thinks he made a mistake.
“It happens and hopefully some kids can learn from it,” McGary told VICE Sports. “Or, just don't get caught. “
As for whether the NCAA's system for penalizing players was fair, well, that's a more difficult question.
The Big Lead noted “Had McGary failed a Michigan drug test, he would have been suspended three games. Had McGary smoked a joint in front of a police officer in Ann Arbor, he would have been subject to a $25 fine. The NCAA reduced its own punishment, effective August 1st, to six months.”
As for McGary's opinion on the punishment, he told VICE Sports “I think there will be some changes.”