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Orlando Magic’s Hedo Turkoglu Suspended For Violating Drug Policy

January 30, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu (15) is defended by New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton (2) during the third quarter of an NBA game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Unusual news in the NBA world today, as it was announced that the Orlando Magic’s Hedo Turkoglu has been suspended for violating the league’s drug policy.

The NBA PR department announced the news on Twitter earlier today.

According to the press release from the Magic, the drug in question was called methenolone, which is an anabolic steroid.

From the same press release, Turkoglu had this to say about the suspension.

“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.”

He added,

“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 barely played this season, last appeared on February 4 against the Philadelphia 76ers, scoring 0 points over 18 minutes. For the season, Turkoglu is averaging just 3 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

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