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Is Nick Calathes missing the playoffs because he’s going bald?

Apr 25, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT

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Memphis Grizzlies backup point guard Nick Calathes was suspended 20 games for violating the NBA’s steroid policy.

He’s appealed the suspension, and his attorney has denied Calathes had any intent to cheat.

So what gives?

David Whitley of the Orlando Sentinel:

he’s going bald and doesn’t like it. So he took Rogaine or minoxidil or some sort of baldness treatment. It contained tamoxifen, a prescription drug normally used to treat breast cancer. It is one of approximately 140 items on the NBA’s banned list.

For privacy reasons, nobody has publicly said Calathes’ “medical issue” is baldness. But all you have to do is listen to the whispers and take a look at him.

“He’s going bald at 24,” one person said. “Nobody wants to do that.”

Nobody wants the world to know they’re slathering on Rogaine, either.

If this is true, I feel bad for Calathes, but I don’t believe the NBA should reverse its suspension.

The league can’t test for intent. Players who knowingly violate the steroid policy can easily lie about their circumstances, attempting to draw sympathy. It would sound just like Calathes’ excuses.

if the NBA wants to have and enforce a steroids policy, it must punish every positive test regardless of stated intent. The burden must be on the players to avoid banned substances. Sorry to any non-cheaters who test positive – potentially including Calathes – but there’s just no other way.

  1. denverhoopdreams - Apr 25, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    That sucks.

    I guess you just have to go to the NBA before you do ANYTHING and be like “Hey, this is what I want to use this for… can I?”

    Anyone know what they’d do in that case… tell him no, you can’t use Rogaine if you’re going bald because we don’t allow a drug that’s in it? Or do they make an exception?

  2. 00maltliquor - Apr 25, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Ain’t that some shtt

  3. ringjames - Apr 25, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Lol better get the secret to slowing down “baldness” from LeBron…

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:40 AM

      What, a headband?

  4. andreboy1 - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Which is it?

    Rogaine or minoxidil? If the lawyer wanted to make a strong case he would have said the exact product that Nick was using. I think specifics woudn’t be that hard to find out from a man who wants to prove his innocence.

    • snoopy2014 - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      It’s the same thing. Rogaine is the brand name for the drug minoxidil.

  5. longtallsam - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Lebron is already bald, isn’t he?

  6. biggestredmiami - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Look at pictures of Calathes at UF compared to his Grizzlies roster pic and you’ll definitely see that it a plausible excuse. Unfortunately for him, he could be naturally balding, but the naysayers will blame the balding on steroids lol it’s a lose-lose situation.

  7. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Thats without a doubt BS. People coming off a testosterone cycle use Novaldex aka Tamoxifen to restart there body so that it can start producing testosterone on its own. Testosterone causes your body to shut down which is why mens balls shrink and this is one of the drugs used to get everything going on its own again

    • beavertonsteve - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      So, according to your logic EVERYONE who uses Tamoxifen is coming off a testosterone cycle? Dude is losing his hair, it’s pretty damn obvious.

      • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        Its not logic. Rogaine does not carry nolvadex. Google it

      • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        Anyone losing their hair knows whether its rogaine, propecia, finstride there is nothing on the market that will help him. His only shot is implants. These drugs are not miracle workers they help slow down the process.

  8. gmsalpha - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    I’d rather be young, rich, athletic, and bald than…well….old, poor, fat, and sporting a full thick head of hair.

    But I’m not going bald, and I’m sure it’s a traumatic experience for someone so young. I can only imagine.

  9. genericcommenter - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Just spend the money on an Affleck or Piven solution. He probably just lost low 6 figures on the suspension. He makes mid 6 figures per year. How much is the transplant?

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