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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Lewis suspended first ten games for testing positive for steroid

From the Orlando Sentinel's Mike Bianchi:

Orlando Magic All-Star Rashard Lewis will be suspended for the first 10 games of next season because he has tested positive for a testosterone-producing steroid, the Orlando Sentinel has learned.

According to league sources, Lewis was taking nutritional supplements at the end of last season that unknowing to him contained a substance commonly known as DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) -- a chemical compound made naturally in the body but also found in numerous over-the-counter supplements at nutritional stores. The substance is banned by most sports leagues, including the NBA.

Tony Dutt, Lewis' agent, said: "We're just getting word of some things, so at this point I don't want to make a comment on it."

"It's our understanding it was a vitamin supplement."

One source said he believed Lewis's positive test was "an honest mistake."

"There are more than 100 banned substances on the league's list and athletes have to watch everything they take from common cold medications to vitamins to supplements," the source said.

Update: Statement from Lewis:

“First and foremost I take full responsibility for the situation and accept the corresponding penalty.

Toward the end of the season I took an over-the-counter supplement which at the time I did not realize included a substance banned by the NBA.

I apologize to Magic fans, my teammates and this organization for not doing the research that should come with good judgment.

I hope this unintentional mistake will not reflect poorly on our team and its great character.

I hope every athlete can learn from my mistake that supplements, no matter how innocent they seem, should only be taken after consulting an expert in the field.”

6 Comments:

  • At 4:17 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    There's no reason to believe that this was anything but an honest mistake by Rashard, with the illegal substance in an over-the-counter supplement.

    For the life of me though, I can't understand why any pro athlete would put something in his body without being absolutely sure of all the ingredients of what he is consuming, considering there are over 100 banned substances by the league, many of which are found in over-the-counter supplements.

    Thank goodness the Magic have plenty of depth now at forward that should get them through the first ten games.

    Also, the Magic have a relatively weak schedule the first ten games, as they play only three teams who finished at or above .500 last season... Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Cleveland, and those games are home games.

    Overall, the Magic play five home and five road games the first ten games.

    While Lewis is out, one could probably assume Mickael Pietrus will be starting at SF with Brandon Bass at PF, with Ryan Anderson and Matt Barnes to see plenty of action in reserve.

    It'll be interesting to see where Coach Van Gundy plays Lewis after he comes back, at SF or PF; especially if the team plays well during Rashard's absence.

     
  • At 5:07 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    Looks like we have 10 games to see if Brandon Bass is a starting NBA power forward.

    And how Pietrus and Barnes can handle the SF position.

    What really sucks about this is it is going to take time anyway to develop the correct chemistry of having 4 All-Stars on the floor at once. Now that is pushed back 3 weeks.

     
  • At 11:30 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Yea rashard isnt one of those guys that i would question,he's never given anyone a reason to think he's a cheater or someone trying to get an edge. Honest mistake. Moving forward as WeR said we do get a chance to make some evaluations on the new players.

     
  • At 12:06 PM, OpenID jaypar16 said…

    One thing's for sure. . . it was a costly mistake for him. I'm guessing that being suspended without pay means that he would lose 10/82 of his pay for the year? That makes it a 2.3 million dollar fine for taking probably a $20 vitamin supplement.

     
  • At 7:09 PM, Blogger reebokforthree said…

    Hey there, I could not find a "contact us" button on your blog, so I decided to drop a comment. I have my own blog at www.mvn.com/fantasynbazone and will be changing my site to nbaprimetime.com on Aug 15. I have tons of Magic content on my site, as I am a huge Magic fan and live in Orlando. Please e-mail me at reebokforthree@aol.com to discuss further detaisl please. -Brandon

     
  • At 3:27 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    jaypar16 and reebokforthree, thanks for commenting and checking out the blog.

     

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