New York, NY (Sports Network) - Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu has
been suspended without pay for 20 games for violating the terms of the
NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for methenolone, the league
announced on Wednesday.
Methenolone is a long-acting anabolic steroid.
Turkoglu's suspension will begin Wednesday night, when the Magic host the
"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," said Turkoglu
in a press release. "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."
Over 11 games this season, the 13-year pro averaged just 2.9 points, 2.1
assists and 2.4 rebounds per game.
Turkoglu, the 16th overall selection in the 2000 NBA Draft, has posted career
averages of 11.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
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