On October 24, 2019, the NBA announced that Phoenix Suns center, Deandre Ayton, has been suspended 25 games after he tested positive for a diuretic. He will be sidelined until December 17. Ayton said in a statement, “I want to apologize to my family, the entire Suns organization, my teammates, partners, our fans and the Phoenix community. This was an unintentional mistake and unfortunately I put something in my body that I was completely unaware of. I do understand the unfortunate impact that this has on so many others, and for that I am deeply sorry. I’m extremely disappointed that I’ve let my team down.”
League rules dictate that any player testing positive for a diuretic, which can potentially mask a drug test’s results, shall be deemed to have tested positive for a steroid or performance-enhancing drug and shall suffer the applicable consequences. Given that his suspension is without pay, Ayton will forfeit more than $2.1 million of his $9.6 million salary. This suspension will have a profound impact on Ayton, the team, the organization, and Suns community. Ayton did not know the contents of the products he was putting in his body. Don’t allow this mistake to happen to you. Let ESP advise you on drug therapy before you take it to avoid incidents such as this. Schedule an appointment today at www.ejsportspharmacy.com.