Last updated on: 8/8/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Aug. 6, 2009 – NBA Player Rashard Lewis Receives 10 Game Suspension for Banned Substance

“Orland Magic forward Rashard Lewis will sit [out] 10 games in 2009-10 season due to testing positive for a banned substance. It is believed the substance was ‘testosterone’ possibly due to DHEA in a nutritional supplement.

DHEA — a testosterone precursor — usually doesn’t raise testosterone level enough to matter, however the drug can throw a positive into a urine test.

The NBA has been remarkably free of steroids and PEDs, either because the drugs have not permeated the NBA culture, or because the steroid testing is weak. This may be only the 4th or 5th steroids-related NBA suspension in history.”