Orlando Magic reserve forward Hedo Turkoglu will forfeit almost $2.1 million during a 20-game National Basketball Association suspension for violating the league’s anti-drug program.
The NBA said in a statement that Turkoglu, 33, a native of Istanbul, tested positive for the steroid amethenolone. His suspension began last night when the Magic hosted the Atlanta Hawks.
The 6-foot-10, 220-pound Turkoglu said he unknowingly took the banned substance while in Turkey during the offseason. He said his trainer gave him a medication, which he didn’t check, to help speed recovery from a shoulder injury.
“I take full responsibility for anything that goes into my body,” Turkoglu said in a statement released by the Magic. “This was a complete error in judgment on my part.”
Turkoglu has played in 11 games for Orlando this season, with one start, and has averaged 2.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists. The 13-year NBA veteran, who also has played for the Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns, has averaged 11.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists in his career.