Suspendido ng 25 games ang Atlanta Hawks forward na si John Collins dahil sa paglabag sa anti-drug policy ng National Basketball Association (NBA).
Sa inilabas na anunsyo ng NBA, nagpositibo ang 22-anyos na manlalaro sa Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide-2 (GHRP-2).
Aminado naman si Collins sa pagsuway sa violation sabay hingi ng paumanhin sa kanyang ka-liga gayundin sa fans ng kanyang koponan.
“First I want to apologize to my teammates, the Hawks organization, our fans, partners and community as a whole for this situation,” ayon sa statement ni Collins sa Wojnarowski. “I understand the impact this matter has on what we are trying to achieve together this season, and I am incredibly frustrated and disappointed in myself for putting all us in this position,” dagdag pa nito.
Labis namang nadismaya ang Hawks organization sa pangyayari.
“On behalf of the entire Hawks organization, we are disappointed to learn that John put himself in an unfortunate situation and violated the league’s anti-drug policy.”
Kasabay ng kanyang suspension ay umaasa silang maitutuwid ng Hawks forward ang pagkakamali at handa silang suportahan ito.
“Head Coach Lloyd Pierce and I have both talked to him and we believe that he is truly remorseful for his actions. We will provide John with support on and off the court while we look forward to his return to the team.”
Tiniyak naman ni Collins na maaayos ang ginawang gusot upang muling makabalik sa court.
“I have always been incredibly careful about what I put in my body, but I took a supplement, which unbeknownst to me, had been contaminated with an illegal component. I plan to appeal my suspension in arbitration so I can get back on the court as soon as possible and continue to contribute to our 2019-20 campaign.”
Si Collin ay may average points na 14.6 at rebounds na 8.4 percent sa kanyang bawat laro.