Wilson Chandler acknowledged using the growth-hormone releasing substance after the NBA banned him for 25 games.
Wilson Chandler, a journeyman NBA player currently with the Brooklyn Nets, has been suspended for 25-games by the National Basketball Association (NBA). Chandler tested positive for the prohibited growth hormone releasing peptide known as Ipamorelin. Chandler admitted using the substance to facilitate the recovery from an injury.
“During my injury rehab process, before I signed with the Nets, I was prescribed a treatment that included small doses of a substance recently added to the NBA’s prohibited substance list,” Chandler stated. “I did not realize this substance was banned, and neither did the doctor…”
Wilson Chandler and his doctor allegedly didn’t know Ipamorelin was a banned substance..
Chandler pleaded ignorance of ipamorelin being listed as a prohibited substance in the NBA/NBPA anti-drug program. However, ignorance is no excuse.
Athletes who are caught violating the policy are automatically suspended for 25-games after a first-time violation. A second violation results in a 55-game suspension. The third violation results in a 2-year suspension.
Ipamorelin is in the NBA’s SPED category of prohibited substances. SPEDs is an acronym for “steroids, performance-enhancing drugs”. The category also includes masking agents and diuretics.
Chandler is only the tenth NBA player to have been caught using SPEDs. He joins Jodie Meeks (ipamorelin and GHRP-2), Joakim Noah (LGD-4033), OJ Mayo (DHEA), Rashard Lewis (DHEA), Darius Miles (phentermine), Lindsey Hunter (phentermine), Soumaila Samake (nandrolone), Matt Geiger (steroids) and Don MacLean (steroids).
Chandler was recently signed as a free agent by the Brooklyn Nets. He signed a $2.6 million contract for the 2019-2020 basketball season. However, he will now be forced to forfeit 31% of his salary or $806,000.
Chandler has previously played for the New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Clippers since he joined the NBA in 2007. He also played one season in the Chinese Basketball Association for the Zhejiang Lions in 2011.
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