Hedo Turkoglu Steroids: NBA Player Suspended For Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs

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Hedo Turkoglu
Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis have both been suspended for steroids, while playing with the Orlando Magic. Reuters

It’s usually Major League Baseball and the NFL that are associated with performance-enhancing drugs, not the NBA.

On Wednesday, though, a basketball player was suspended for using PED’s. Hedo Turkoglu will miss 20 games for violating the league’s anti-drug program.

The Orlando Magic player tested positive for methenolone, which is on the NBA’s list of banned substances. Methenolone is a type of anabolic steroid.

Even before the suspension, Turkoglu had been in the middle of his worst season as a pro. Injuries have forced the small forced to sit out 40 games. He’s missed the last three games with a sore back., and broke his hand earlier in the season. In the 11 games that he has played, Turkoglu is averaging a career-low 2.9 points and 2.4 rebounds per contest.

Turkoglu is one of the few players that has ever been suspended by the league for using a PED. In 2009, the forward’s former teammate with the Magic, Rashard Lewis, was suspended for 10 games for taking a banned substance. He claimed to have used an over-the-counter supplement that contained the substance.  

In a statement, Turkoglu attempted to explain his failed test.

“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. “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.”

The NBA’s list of banned substances contains more than 125 items. Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said the organization believes Turkoglu’s claim that it was a mistake, and that he took the drug without knowing it was against league rules.

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