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NBA News: Hedo Turkoglu Out for Violating NBA Drug Policy

In a bit of unexpected news, Orlando Magic small forward Hedo Turkoglu has been suspended 20 games for violating the NBA’s drug policy.October 19, 2012; Orlando FL, USA; Orlando Magic small forward Hedo Turkoglu (15) drives to the basket as Indiana Pacers shooting guard Gerald Green (25) defends during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

In an official press release, the league said that Turkoglu tested positive for methenolone, an anabolic steroid. In the same release, Turkoglu’s statement said,

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.

Turkoglu, who has only played in 11 games this season with averages of 2.9 points per game and 2.4 rebounds per game, will not be able to play again until March 27th. He will forfeit approximately $2.8 million in salary.


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