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Jodie Meeks Suspended 25 Games For Violating NBA Anti-Drug Program


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Washington Wizards guard Jodie Meeks is being suspended 25 games for violating the NBA’s Anti-Drug program, according to ESPN. The suspension comes right before the Wizards take on the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, effectively ending his season.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Meeks tested positive for banned compounds Ipamorelin and Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide-2.

Meeks’ lawyer, Ben Levine, had this to say to ESPN regarding the situation, “It is regrettable that the NBA has prematurely taken action against Jodie today. 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.”

This is a big blow for Meeks, who was already having a subpar season after missing most of the last two with injuries. The Wizards will surely miss his three-point threat on the perimeter and now they’ll have to look to someone else to help make shots off the bench.

Meeks’s suspension will spill over into next season, as well.

Meeks averaged 6.3 points and 1.6 rebounds this season on 39.9 percent shooting from the field and 34.3 percent from three.

UPDATE:

Meeks has responded.

“For the past nine years I have been humbled every day to have the opportunity to walk into an NBA arena and see the name Meeks on the back of an NBA jersey,” Meeks said in a statement to ESPN. “As part of my commitment to playing in the NBA for nine years, I have been subject to countless mandatory tests for any and all drugs including performance-enhancing drugs. I have passed each and every drug test without issue for the last nine years.

“Because I have never used a drug of any kind I am absolutely heartbroken and perplexed with the news today. Let me be clear: I have never taken anything whatsoever for a performance-enhancing reason. I respect the game of basketball too much.”

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

12 responses to “Jodie Meeks Suspended 25 Games For Violating NBA Anti-Drug Program”

  1. Truman Claytor

    “Just say no” – Nancy Reagan

    1. UK Big Board Update

      “If they don’t start, they won’t have a problem. If they do start, it’s awfully tough to get off. So if we can keep them from going on and maybe by talking to youth and telling them: No good, really bad for you in every way. But if they don’t start, it will never be a problem.” – Donald Trump

    2. KYFAN4LYFE

      LOL, BigBoard…I got a laugh from that, reading it in “Trump voice”. He’s like the real-life Mr. Mackey

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh7l8dx-h8M

    3. catsarerunnin

      I never had sexual relations with that woman – Bill Clinton

    4. UK Big Board Update

      So, extramarital affairs DO matter now. How typically hypocritical of you.

  2. Han
    1. Bobbum Man

      Yes they literally had an article on it 3 posts down… pay attention

  3. KYFAN4LYFE

    Back on topic though….it sucks for Meeks, but I’ll never forgive him for bailing on us when Cal was hired….we would’ve had #8 his first year, if Meeks stayed.

    1. henderblue

      I forgive him. That’s an unfair and speculatory. Who knows how that would have played out..

    2. dballrb

      Couldn’t agree more..I’ve thought/talked about that from day one after the elite 8….

    3. bluecrowe

      I forgive him. We would have won it all because the only thing we did not have was 3 point shooting that year. However he was abused by Billy G, so he was probably so exhausted from dealing with that sociopath that I do not blame him.

  4. 57nukeduke

    Jodie don’t juice dogg! He awsome at Big Blue.