Damn, this is tough news for the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Hawks fans. Hawks rising star John Collins has been suspended 25 games for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy. This is tough news, I saw John Collins making his first NBA all-star team this season.
Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins has been suspended 25 games for violating NBA’s Anti-Drug policy #TrueToAtlanta
— Terrell Thomas (@Eldorado2452) November 5, 2019
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, John Collins tested positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2.
Collins tested positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2, league says. https://t.co/p8rVl51PT8
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 5, 2019
John Collins released the following statements to ESPN:
“First I want to apologize to my teammates, the Hawks organization, our fans, partners and community as a whole for this situation. I understand the impact this matter has on what we are trying to achieve together this season, and I am incredibly frustrated and disappointed in myself for putting all us in this position. I have always been incredibly careful about what I put in my body, but I took a supplement, which unbeknownst to me, had been contaminated with an illegal component. I plan to appeal my suspension in arbitration so I can get back on the court as soon as possible and continue to contribute to our 2019-20 campaign.”
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