Hedo Turkoglu Has Been Suspended 20 Games for Using a Banned Substance

Hedo Turkoglu Has Been Suspended 20 Games for Using a Banned SubstanceChris Humphreys/USA TODAY Sports

Hedo Turkoglu's bad 2012-13 NBA season just got even worse. The Magic forward, who is averaging just 2.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game this year, was just suspended for 20 games for testing positive for an anabolic steroid called methenolone, which is a substance that's banned by the NBA. And, shortly after his suspension was handed down, he released a statement and apologized for the positive test while admitting his wrongdoing.

"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," he said. "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."

He's just the eighth player in NBA history to be suspended by the NBA for using a PED.

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[via The Point Forward]

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