CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — The NBA has announced that Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson has been suspended without pay for five games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.
The Hornets released a statement Wednesday saying they’re “disappointed in Al’s decisions that led to this suspension” and the organization “does not condone this behavior.”
The team says it has addressed the situation with Jefferson and he’s “regretful and understands that we expect him to learn from this mistake.”
Jefferson released a statement through the team apologizing for “the poor decision that I made.”
Jefferson says, “I am truly sorry, and I am committed to making smarter decisions in the future.”
Jefferson is currently out with a strained left calf. He will begin to serving the suspension once he’s physically cleared to play.
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CHARLOTTE (HORNETS) — The following statement was released today by the Charlotte Hornets regarding center Al Jefferson’s five-game suspension:
“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.”
The below statement is from Al Jefferson regarding the situation:
“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.”