Al Jefferson, the injured Charlotte Hornets Center, has been handed a five-game ban for violating the terms of the NBA Anti-Drug program. Jefferson was already out of action with a leg injury.
On November 30, Hornets officials said that Jefferson would miss “two to three weeks” with injury. With the newly imposed ban, it’s unclear when Jefferson would be eligible for a comeback.
“I just feel so low right now for every little boy and every little girl who looks at me as somebody they look up to,” the Hornets center said before the team hosted Miami earlier tonight. “For me to make mistakes like this, it’s not cool. It’s not cool for them, and it’s not cool for me. That kills me more than anything,” added the 30-year-old big man.
“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,” Hornets said in a statement released earlier on Wednesday.
The banned substance that Jefferson used is yet to be revealed. When asked if Jefferson used marijuana, he simply said, “I failed a drug test.” According to the team statement, Jefferson 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,” Jefferson said in the statement.