The Orlando Magic's Hedo Turkoglu was suspended 20 games for testing positive for methenolone, which is an anabolic steroid. He claims it was given to him by a trainer in Turkey helping him recover from a shoulder injury and that he failed to cross reference it with the NBA's banned substances list. He copped to the whole thing and started serving his suspension tonight.
"It's been really nightmare," Turkoglu said. "It wasn't a really good year for me. Now I'm facing this. As a player, you face a lot of injuries. It just comes and goes. But this kind of situation, you don't want to put yourself in. This is the worst one I'm dealing with now."
Turkoglu is the most recent in a string of fallen athletes—yet only the eighth in the NBA—disgraced by steroid use and Twitter is reacting exactly as you'd think. As a courtesy, we collected all the tweets of those righteous souls unable to fathom what this means for the sport, for the player. Gird yourselves:
Turkoglu averaged 2.9 points in 17.2 minutes per game this season.
Hedo Turkoglu suspended 20 games [AP, ESPN]