John Collins of the Atlanta Hawks has been suspended for 25 video games for violating the N.B.A.’s antidrug coverage.
The league introduced on Tuesday that Collins had examined optimistic for progress hormone-releasing peptide-2 (GHRP-2), which is understood to extend urge for food.
Collins, 22, is a 6-foot-9, 235-pound ahead averaging 17.zero factors and eight.eight rebounds in his third N.B.A. season. He averaged 19.5 factors and 9.eight rebounds for the Hawks final season.
Collins is the third participant this season to obtain a 25-game suspension for what the league classifies as a performance-enhancing drug, becoming a member of the Nets’ Wilson Chandler and Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns.
In August, Chandler was discovered to have Ipamorelin, a drug that will increase the discharge of progress hormone, in his system, whereas Ayton was suspended for taking a banned diuretic. The league’s final 25-game drug suspension earlier than Chandler occurred in April 2018 (Washington’s Jodie Meeks).
In an announcement on Tuesday, the Hawks mentioned they had been “disappointed to learn that John put himself in an unfortunate situation” however that they “believe that he is truly remorseful for his actions.”
Collins apologized in an announcement.
“First I want to apologize to my teammates, the Hawks’ organization, our fans, partners and community as a whole for this situation,” Collins mentioned. “I perceive the affect this matter has on what we try to attain collectively this season, and I’m extremely annoyed and upset in myself for placing all of us on this place.
“I’ve all the time been extremely cautious about what I put in my physique, however I took a complement which, unbeknownst to me, had been contaminated with an unlawful element. I plan to battle my suspension in arbitration so I can get again on the court docket as quickly as doable and proceed to contribute to our 2019-20 marketing campaign.”
Collins’s suspension, which begins Tuesday with the Hawks’ dwelling sport towards San Antonio, will value him $610,582.