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Sports and Drugs #82149

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 15, 1983
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(Studio) Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn reported suspending players Steve Howe, Willie Wilson, Willie Aikens and Jerry Martin for their involvement with illegal drugs; details given.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(NYC) Basketball Players Association `s efforts to halt drug use in league examined. [UT Jazz player John DREW - discusses his cocaine habit.] [Association spokesperson Larry FLEISCHER - explains association `s decision.] Association's penalty for cocaine or heroine use at end of December amnesty outlined on screen, discussed. [Association president Bob LANIER - notes need of users to seek help on their own.] [Jazz coach Frank LAYDEN - feels players' lives are more important than winning games.] NBA penalties for drug use noted applying to owners and referees as well.
REPORTER: Ray Gandolf

Gandolf, Ray;
Jennings, Peter

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