Re­port: UCLA play­ers fought, rou­tinely used al­co­hol, drugs

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

LOS AN­GE­LES | Play­ers and staff mem­bers from the past four UCLA bas­ket­ball teams say coach Ben How­land al­lowed an in­flux of tal­ented but im­ma­ture re­cruits to un­der­mine team dis­ci­pline and morale as the once-proud pro­gram has strug­gled to live up to its sto­ried his­tory, Sports Il­lus­trated re­ported Wed­nes­day.

The re­port on Sports Il­lus­trated’s web­site out­lines a pro­gram in dis­ar­ray, in which teammates have come to blows, sev­eral play­ers rou­tinely used al­co­hol and drugs — some­times be­fore prac­tice — and one player in­ten­tion­ally in­jured teammates but re­ceived no pun­ish­ment.

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