ORLANDO, Fla. - Hedo Turkoglu of the Orlando Magic has been suspended without pay for 20 games after he tested positive for methenolone, according to the NBA.
"Hedo unknowingly took a banned substance," said Orlando Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan said in a statement released by Orlando Magic. "There are more than 125 banned substances on the NBA List, and we spend a lot of time educating our players on the contents of that list and will certainly continue to do so moving forward. We believe this was an honest mistake."
Turkoglu violated the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program, NBA officials said. His suspension started Wednesday when the Magic hosted the Atlanta Hawks at home.
"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," Turkoglu said in a statement released by Orlando Magic. "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 is making about $11.8 million this season. He has one more year remaining on his current deal, but it is only partially guaranteed. He was picked as the NBA's Most Improved Player in 2008 while with Orlando.
The Magic came into Wednesday night's game with a 15-36 record in their first season of rebuilding following the departure of All-Star center Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers this past offseason.
Asked about Turkoglu's future, Hennigan said it is yet to be determined.
"I think we're going to get through this step. We'll worry about the summer when the summer comes," Hennigan said. "Contracts are what they are. We have to make decisions about a lot of different things in the summer and certainly the Hedo situation will be one of them. But we're not able to comment now on what the decision will be."
Turkoglu said he is focused on serving his suspension.
"I've had my best years in Orlando and I've tried to play as much as I can here. Certain situations are out of my hands," Turkoglu said. "So like Rob said, we'll wait for the summer to come and we'll see what happens. Right now I want to deal with this and get it over as quick as I can."
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