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Feb 13

Hedo Turkoglu suspended 20 games for violating NBA’s Anti-Drug Program

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Via Orlando Magic press release:

Hedo Turkoglu of the Orlando Magic has been suspended without pay for 20 games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for methenolone, it was announced today by the NBA.

Turkoglu’s suspension will begin tonight when the Magic play host to the Atlanta Hawks at Amway Center.

Hedo Turkoglu statement:

“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. 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.”

Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan statement:

“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.”

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CarloSimone
CarloSimone

Ugggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh.  It doesn't really change a lot for this season but it's definitely embarrassing for the organization after Rashard and the Dwightmare.  And we were looking sorta competent there for a little bit.