Turkoglu drug test: 20 game suspension
Hedo Turkoglu of the Orlando Magic has recieved a 20 game suspension after a positive test for a form of anabolic steroid.
The NBA said Turkoglu tested positive for methenolone, an anabolic steroid. He will begin serving the suspension Wednesday night in Orlando's game against the Atlanta Hawks.
The claim was made by Turkoglu that he medication from a trainer in Turkey during the offseason to recover from a shoulder innjury, and was unaware of the medication being on the NBA's banned substances list.
"I take full responsibility for anything that goes into my body," the 33-year-old from Turkey said in his statement. "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 Orlando Magic organisation stated that they fully support Turkoglu's statement that this positive test was a result of an honest mistake, and they will continue to educate their players about the 125 items on the banned substances list.