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Atlanta Hawks’ John Collins receives 25-game suspension for violating NBA’s anti-drug policy

The NBA suspended Atlanta Hawks guard John Collins 25 video games for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.

The second-year participant from Wake Forest examined optimistic for the Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide-2, the NBA introduced. Collins apologized in a press release, saying he was “incredibly frustrated and disappointed in myself for putting all of us in this position” however deliberate to enchantment the suspension.

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“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,” he stated. “I plan to fight 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.”

Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce stated the group will proceed to assist Collins and vowed to assist the guard “get through this, not as a player but as a person.”

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“Of course it’s disturbing, that this is something you hope you can prevent, and we hope we can educate him on that, but he made a decision, or someone made a decision and somehow we got to this point,” Pierce stated. “It’s our job to get to the information, to keep all our guys from making this decision or being in this position again, but it hurts our team.”

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Collins is the third participant to be suspended for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy. Phoenix Suns heart Deandre Ayton and Brooklyn Nets ahead Wilson Chandler had been additionally suspended with out pay earlier this 12 months.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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