Rashard Lewis Suspended 10 Games for Taking Banned Substance

Aug 6, 2009

Orlando’s Rashard Lewis will miss the first ten games on the 2009-10 season for testing positive for a banned substance.  The substance in question is DHEA or Dehydroepiandrosteron, according to the Orlando Sentinel.  The DHEA was found in an over-the-counter supplement.  Though it is banned by the NBA, most studies suggest that it doesn’t have a statistically significant effect on testosterone levels.

Lewis apologized for the incident saying “”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.”

Obviously Lewis’ fantasy value takes a slight hit as he’ll miss roughly 1/18 of the season.  It may also take him some time to get his rhythm after the layoff.  Look for Vince Carter and Dwight Howard to shoulder the scoring load while Lewis is out.

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One Response so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry
    August 6th, 2009 at 3:14 pm #

    The History of the magic organization suggests they will try to deal Lewis now. (I would say either at the trade deadline or during the off season next year in a sign and trade for a free agent. (Maybe Bosh)
    They have gotten rid of every other player as soon as there has been a hint of trouble.
    Nick Anderson, Troy Hudson, Darrell Armstrong are the 1st three that come to mind. The Management is totally in bed with the religious Right, and we all know that no one from that group has done anything immoral.

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