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Wizards’ Jodie Meeks suspended 25 games for PEDs

The former Laker tested positive for ipamorelin and growth-hormone-releasing peptide-2, performance-enhancing compounds that are banned by the league.


Kahron Spearman


Washington Wizards guard Jodie Meeks has been suspended for 25 games due to violating the NBA/NBPA anti-drug program; according to ESPN. Meeks tested positive for banned peptide compounds ipamorelin and growth-hormone-releasing peptide-2.

 

The levied discipline will prevent him from being on the team's postseason roster. No. 8 Washington will play Eastern Conference No. 1 Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of their series on Saturday.

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.

Ben Levine: Meeks' lawyer
ESPN

The suspension will cost Meeks $29,909 for each game he is suspended during the playoffs though Washington isn't expected to last beyond Toronto.

 

The Wizards will get $15,000 in tax savings for each game missed during the postseason. Meeks has a $3.5 million player option for 2018-2019, according to Sportac. The remaining games from the suspension will be deducted from any salary whether he opts in, or signs a new deal. He'll lose $31,045 a game next season.

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