Orlando Magic’s Hedo Turkoglu suspended for 20 games
There has been plenty of talk about performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) lately, especially in baseball and football but now it seems to be a problem in basketball as well. Orlando Magic’s Hedo Turkoglu has been suspended for 20 games for violating the league’s drug-free program.
Turkoglu tested positive for methenolone, an anabolic steroid, according to the Associated Press. His sentence will begin Wednesday night against the Atlanta Hawks.
Turkoglu took full responsibility for the test results and offered an explanation. He said that the drug is from over the summer that he got from his trainer in Turkey. He was using it to recover from a shoulder injury. He said he had neglected to check it against the list.
“As a player this is the worst situation that you want to be in. I’m just sorry to put the organization in this situation. I should have double-checked and researched and shouldn’t be in this situation,” said Turkoglu.
He is the eighth player to violate the NBA’s drug-free program.
“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,” said Rob Hennigan, Orlando’s general manager, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Turkoglu has been struggling since he returned to the game from recovering from a broken hand. He also has one more year in his contract. He is currently earning $11.8 million and is supposed to earn $12 million next season, however only $6 million is guaranteed.