Shabazz Muhammad breaks rule

Updated: August 7, 2013, 9:10 PM ET
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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Shabazz Muhammad has been sent home from the NBA's Rookie Transition Program, the team confirmed Wednesday.

USA Today reported Muhammad was dismissed for violating a rule by bringing a female guest into his hotel room. Muhammad also will be fined, according to the report.

Shabazz Muhammad
Jack Arent/NBAE/Getty ImagesShabazz Muhammad, pictured here during summer league action for the Wolves in Las Vegas last month, was sent home from the NBA's Rookie Transition Program for breaking a rule.

"We have been made aware of the circumstances surrounding Shabazz Muhammad's dismissal from the NBA's Rookie Transition Program in New Jersey," Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders said. "The team fully supports the NBA's rules and policies in all matters pertaining to this situation, and we will abide by the league's action."

The four-day program, held in Florham Park, N.J., helps rookies get anointed into the league through a series of seminars, instructions and guest speakers. Nearly 50 rookies or players are participating in the program, which ends Friday.

The report stated that just hours before Muhammad was sent home, players were given rules for the program, which included no guests unless approved by administrators.

Muhammad, the 14th pick in the draft out of UCLA, will have to return next year to complete the program.

This is not the first incident in the program. In 2008, Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur were expelled after it was discovered that women and marijuana were in their room. Both players were fined $20,000. Michael Beasley, who was arrested Tuesday on a marijuana charge, also admitted he was in Chalmers and Arthur's room and was fined $50,000.

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