Roy Tarpley, F
Selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the seventh pick of the 1986 NBA Draft, Tarpley became a key factor off the bench to help All-Stars Mark Aguirre and James Donaldson.
In 1987, Tarpley won the NBA’s Sixth Man award.
However things took a downward turn for Tarpley when he was struck with a drug addiction that resulted in his ban from the league.
Tarpley, 44 at the time, settled a federal lawsuit against the NBA and the Dallas Mavericks in which he claimed the league and the team violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing to reinstate him after a ban for drug use. The lawsuit was settled on Jan. 22, 2009 according to a filing signed by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt.
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