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Does basketball have a performance enhancing drug problem? I’m not sure the NBA does, but the Orlando Magic might.
Four years after Rashard Lewis tested positive for elevated testosterone during the 2009 playoffs, The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu has been suspended 20 games for violating the leagues anti-drug program.
Reports are that Turkoglu tested positive for methenolone, an anabolic steroid. Turkoglu and Magic general manager Rob Hennigan released a statement on the matter.
“While I was back home in Turkey this past summer, I was given a medication by my trainer to help recover more quickly from a shoulder injury,” Turkoglu said in the statement. “I didn’t know that this was a banned substance and didn’t check before taking it.
“I take full responsibility for anything that goes into my body. This was a complete error in judgment on my part and I apologize to the Orlando Magic organization, the league, my teammates, and the Magic fans. I know I have let down a lot of people and I am truly sorry for my mistake.”
Hennigan said: “Hedo unknowingly took a banned substance. There are more than 125 banned substances on the NBA List, and we spend a lot of time educating our players on the contents of that list and will certainly continue to do so moving forward. We believe this was an honest mistake.”
Turkoglu has missed most of the season with a fractured hand that he injured during the preseason.
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