Some of the most common reasons why basketball players are banned from the game are substance abuse, racial remarks, and shaving points. Some players are banned permanently, and some eventually get reinstated, although it does not appear that those who are reinstated stay in the game for long.
The top reason for a basketball player being banned is for substance abuse. Many professional sports have implemented mandatory random drug testing, but this does not deter some players. In some cases, it is the drive to be the best, which causes them to risk the use of performance-enhancing drugs. In other cases, it is simply that they get caught up in a party lifestyle, which involves the use of recreational drugs and, sadly, some end up addicted. Since drug use is a violation of the rules, and the punishment is being banned, that is the end of some player’s careers.
Making racist remarks of any kind is a form of discrimination. Discrimination is always wrong. There are laws and policies in place to deal with any type of discrimination. In basketball, the result once again is being banned from playing.
Point shaving is basically “fixing” a game. This usually involves a gambler and a player, or players, on the team which is expected to win. The gambler pays a bribe to the player, or players, who then do what they need to do to ensure their team will not perform in such a way as to be able to “cover the point spread”. The gambler then bets against the favoured team.
Point shaving can also occur when a referee is bribed or simply bets on his own, and then makes calls which will ensure the outcome in his favour.
Players have to be aware of the rules and know what infractions can cost them.