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How Many NBA Players Are Getting Away With Taking PEDs?

Hedo Turkoglu Orlando Magic

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Another sad day unfolded in the slowly dying career of Orlando Magic Hedo Turkoglu. The Magic forward has been suspended 20 games by the NBA for testing positive for steroids.

Turkoglu tested positive for methenolone, an anabolic steroid. He seems generally shocked as he has admitted to taking supplements in Turkey to help with the healing of his shoulder. He didn’t realize that a banned substance was part of the medication and will start his suspension tonight against the Atlanta Hawks. His NBA career might just be over.

This makes the second Magic player to test positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs off the 2009 finals team. Rashard Lewis, now a member of the Miami Heat, was also caught cheating.

The more important question is not whether more of the Magic players off that team took PEDs, but how many other NBA players are?  Players take vitamins, pills and medicine everyday not knowing what each drink, pill or powder contains. Team doctors monitor what each player takes in the locker room, but not what each individual does on his own time with his own trainers or even friends.

It seems that in both the National Football League and Major League Baseball, catching players doing PEDs is more prevalent. Can the NBA players be cleaner than other athletes in other sports? For some reason the number or players who admit to or get caught in both the NBA and National Hockey League is very small compared to the general athletic population. Gary Bettman is the commissioner of the NHL and was once commissioner David Stern’s right hand man in the NBA. Coincidence? Probably not.

Is the league covering up for teams and players who get caught? If Turkoglu unknowingly took something in Europe, where trainers aren’t educated in what is illegal, then why aren’t other European players being caught? If the scandal in south Florida implicating Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez is so big, why aren’t NBA players being named? If Ray Lewis and the University of Oklahoma football team is taking deer antler spray, then why aren’t NBA players doing it?

The league and Stern must be covering up for the players. Compare pictures from the league in the 80s and now and you can see a remarkable difference. 19-year-olds are jacked. 35-year-olds are jacked. I understand training methods are better but common sense has to make you wonder what the players are on.

If other leagues and other players are being caught, then NBA players should be caught as well. Doesn’t that just make sense?

Shahab Khan is a NBA Columnist with Rant Sports focusing on the Toronto Raptors

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