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Al Jefferson suspended five games for violating NBA anti-drug policy

It appears that the Hornets will be without Al Jefferson even longer than anticipated.

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Al Jefferson has been suspended five games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy, per an NBA press release

Jefferson has missed the Hornets last three games due to an injury, and it looks like Charlotte be without him even longer as he serves his suspension. There has been no information yet on the kind of drug that Jefferson was suspended for, but he and the Hornets have released statements.

"We are disappointed in Al's decisions that led to this suspension. As an organization, we do not condone this behavior. We have addressed this with Al. He is regretful and understands that we expect him to learn from this mistake."

"I want to apologize to the Hornets organization, our owner, my teammates and my coaches for the poor decision that I made. I know I have let people down, especially the Hornets fans that have been so supportive of me since I arrived in Charlotte two years ago. I am blessed to be able to play the game that I love for a living and I do not take that for granted. From the bottom of my heart, I am truly sorry, and I am committed to making smarter decisions in the future."

This is obviously surprising, because NBA players aren't commonly suspended for drugs of any kind these days. Due to a lack of information we can't be 100 percent sure, but this looks like a marijuana suspension as a third positive test for that is a five game suspension. While it will be disappointing for many to have him suspended for this they can find a brighter side that it's unlikely to be a PED suspension which would mean bigger issues for Jefferson, and the Hornets.