Since being suspended last month, the Charlotte Hornets and their fans have not publicly heard much from Malik Monk.
The Charlotte Hornets and the NBA have been through a lot over the past month. As everyone is still deciding on what to do amid the COVID-19 outbreak, one player on the hornets has remained quiet.
Last month, Malik Monk was suspended indefinitely after testing positive on a drug test that was given by the league. This test came after Monk received the first start of his career in a loss against the Indiana Pacers. Monk finished with 8 points and three assists in the loss.
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Since being suspended, Monk has been quiet and has almost had no social media presence. Monk has not posted on Twitter since he was suspended, but he has posted stories on Instagram. Has Monk’s lack of social media usage been because he’s been getting help in rehab?
The league did not release what drug Monk used that earned him the suspension. However, Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns was suspended earlier this season after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
When news of his suspension surfaced, the Hornets announced that as an organization, they did not support this kind of behavior. The Hornets also stated that they’re “committed to supporting Malik during this time.”
Before Monk was suspended, he had a pair of games where he scored 25 points off the bench. This was something that no Charlotte player had done since Dell Curry did it in the 1990s.
Despite having staggering numbers this season, Monk has had a career year by averaging 10.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. Monk has also raised his field goal percentage of 39% from last season to an impressive 43% this season.
With Monk’s suspension, there has been no indication if this will play a factor in his future with the Hornets. However, this situation may be something that Monk can learn from, and should help him in the future.