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NBA and Cocaine #272329

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 19, 1980
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(Studio) No. of players and average salary in National Basketball Association (NBA) noted; "Los Angeles Times" said claiming large percentage of those players use cocaine. NBA reported forming committee to investigate.
REPORTER: Charles Kuralt

(Los Angeles, California) Problem of drug abuse among top athletes examined; alleged use of cocaine by Bernard King, Eddie Johnson, Terry Furlow detailed. [Portland Trail Blazers coach Jack RAMSAY - comments.] [Lakers player Norm NIXON comments.] Possible rational for players' use of the drug outlined. [NBA deputy commissioner Simon GOURDINE - comments.] NBA general mgrs. said agreeing to look into problem; manager Frank Layden quoted.
REPORTER: Harold Dow (KNXT newstape)

Dow, Harold;
Kuralt, Charles

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