Report: NBA suspends Wizards' Meeks 25 games for violating NBA drug policy
The Washington Wizards figure to face an uphill battle in their playoff series against the Toronto Raptors, the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
That hill just got a little steeper.
The NBA has suspended veteran guard Jodie Meeks 25 games for violating the
league's anti-drug program, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday.
Citing sources, Wojnarowski reported, "Meeks tested positive for banned
compounds ipamorelin and growth-hormone-releasing peptide-2."
The suspension means Meeks will miss the start of the playoffs and, if the
Wizards do not play 25 games this postseason, the suspension will carry over
to next season. According to league rules, Meeks will have to sit while he
appeals the suspension.
"It is regrettable that the NBA has prematurely taken action against Jodie
today," Meeks attorney, Ben Levine, told ESPN. "Accordingly, we will appeal
the suspension and vigorously defend Jodie's rights. Unfortunately, under the
CBA, a player is guilty until proven innocent and while Jodie's appeal is
pending he will be forced to sit out the playoffs."
Meeks, 30, is averaging 6.3 points in 14.5 minutes per game this season.
The No. 8-seeded Wizards begin their first-round series with the Raptors in
Toronto on Saturday.
--Field Level Media