Orlando Magic's Rashard Lewis suspended for failing drug test - ESPN
All-Star forward Rashard Lewis of the Orlando Magic has been suspended without pay for 10 games for testing positive for an elevated testosterone level, the league announced Thursday.
Rashard Lewis tests positive for PEDs, suspended 10 games - Ball Don't Lie - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
I'll let you don your own "Judge Judy" robe, but Lewis' quick response makes me think this was an isolated, honest mistake. There are many banned substances on the league's list that can be found in common cold medications to vitamins to supplements.
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I'm having trouble recalling any other NBA player being disciplined for any other PED or tell-tale hormone levels. But Lewis isn't particularly known his endless stamina or colossal physique. In other words, I'd hardly see this as the first crack in a great wall of silence and mystery, or a reason to fire up the witch hunt soundtrack. Maybe if it had been [insert physical freak or ball of energy here], there would be reason to whisper. Rashard Lewis? There's really nothing there to hang a crusade on.
Steroid Rashard Lewis Tested Positive For Completely Legal in Baseball -- NBA FanHouse
As Tim Povtak wrote earlier, Magic star Rashard Lewis has been suspended for 10 games by the NBA for testing positive for dehydroepiandrosterone, a substance on the NBA's banned peformance enhancing drug list. But what is dehydroepiandrosterone? Is it anything like the steroids baseball and football players have been disciplined for? Dehydroepiandrosterone, more commonly known as DHEA, is a substance found in over-the-counter supplements. It is not against the law to possess or consume DHEA in the United States. Bills in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate which would have added DHEA to the nation's controlled substance list -- effectively banning DHEA in the United States -- were introduced in 2007, but ultimately never got out of committee. DHEA has been banned by the NBA, obviously, but also by the NFL, the NCAA, the NHL and both the international Olympic and cycling governance bodies. Major League Baseball, however, does not prohibit the use of DHEA by its players.
Rasard Lewis' positive test not a harbinger of NBA drug scandals - Chris Mannix - SI.com
Has the stench of performance enhancing drugs penetrated the NBA? Somehow I doubt it.
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(I pretty much agree with everyone above. No big deal. For many reasons, I don't think most NBA players would take real steroids. But I do expect some pro-MLB forces to try to hype this up and try take some of the stink off them. Big deal. Even if it were actually commonplace, it's not news because only the MLB has precious historical regular season statistics to protect. I'm convinced that's the problem with steroids. History. Not the actual taking of them. No one cared that the NFL's Shawn Merriman took them and got caught, and speed and power are major assets to his position! It's a numbers game. If DHEA can help my shot and get a $21 million per year contract, then I'm on my way to GNC.)