Just one day before the start of their Playoff series with Toronto, the Wizards were dealt a blow. Guard Jodie Meeks has been suspended for 25 games for violating the League’s drug policy. The 6’4″ guard tested positive for the compounds ipamorelin and growth-hormone-releasing peptide-2, both of which are banned.
Meeks denied having knowingly used any banned substances and added the following:
“I look forward to exercising my rights under the (NBA’s) collective bargaining agreement to bring this matter to arbitration and to clear my name in relation to this wrongful accusation. Unfortunately, under the rules of the CBA, until the process plays out, I will be unable to participate in the playoffs. I deeply regret and apologize for any distraction this causes the organization and my teammates as they march towards a championship playoff run.”
Washington owns the eighth seed in the East and a first round matchup with the Toronto Raptors, who kept up their winning ways long enough to win the Conference. While Meeks perhaps isn’t the biggest contributor in a backcourt featuring John Wall and Bradley Beal, any situation like this is sure to cause waves in the locker room.