DeAndre Ayton is at risk of a long-term ban when his test results are positive for NBA banned.
The Phoenix Suns are in a state of restlessness when one of their key players, DeAndre Ayton, is at risk of being banned from long-term play because of using banned substances under NBA Anti-Drug rules. He was positive for a diuretic on the tournament’s banned list.
Diuretics are on the banned list because they can help athletes hide their use of doping. However, according to ESPN, in the next tests, the 21-year-old had absolutely no signs of using other drugs. And most likely this was an accident when Ayton ate or drank products containing this diuretic.
Currently the National Basketball Association (NBA) has a plan to submit an appeal on behalf of Ayton to the NBA. They hope to reduce the penalty for him or cancel it because the Suns player did not intentionally use the banned substance.
In the latest statement, Ayton also expressed his repentance and remorse for her work: “I want to apologize to all, to my family, Phoenix Suns, my teammates, partners and others. The fans loved me, this was an unintended incident and I had absolutely no idea I was positive for being banned, I understood what I was doing, once again apologized for letting the team, as well as people, disappointed”.
If the penalty is enforced, Ayton will be banned from playing 25 games this season. This will be a huge loss for Suns when Ayton is an important player in their squad. In the opening match against Sacramento Kings, the 21-year-old scored 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks, making a big contribution to Suns’ 124 – 95 victory.
So if Ayton is banned from playing for a long time, it will not only affect him, but also make Suns in trouble. Last season, Ayton played a total of 71 matches, with an average of 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game for the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
It is unclear whether he will be able to join the Suns to the Pepsi Center with the Denver Nuggets on January 26.