NBA suspends Hedo Turkoglu for using banned substance

ORLANDO – Hedo Turkoglu was given a 20 game suspension from the NBA today as a result of testing positive for a substance banned by the league.

Turkoglu says he took the substance while in his native country of Turkey over the summer without checking up with team officials.

“While I was back home in Turkey this past summer, I was given a medication by my trainer to help recover more quickly from a shoulder injury,” said Turkoglu in a press conference Wednesday. “I didn’t know that this was a banned substance and didn’t check before taking it. I take full responsibility for anything that goes into my body.”

The 20 game suspension will allow Turkoglu to return to the final 11 games of the season for the Magic. The larger question is whether or not Orlando will choose to bring him back for next season.

“I think we’re going to get through this step. We’ll worry about the summer when the summer comes,” said Magic general manager Rob Hennigan when talking about Turkoglu’s future with the team. “Contracts are what they are. We have to make decisions about a lot of different things in the summer and certainly the Hedo situation will be one of them.”

Turkoglu is on contract with the Magic for the 2013-2014 season, his salary is set at $12,000,ooo, but only $6,000,000 is guaranteed.

During the suspension Turkoglu will lose $2,148,336 of his salary.