In August, Chandler was found to have Ipamorelin, a drug that increases the release of growth hormone, in his system, while Ayton was suspended for taking a banned diuretic. The league’s last 25-game drug suspension before Chandler occurred in April 2018 (Washington’s Jodie Meeks).
In a statement on Tuesday, the Hawks said they were “disappointed to learn that John put himself in an unfortunate situation”, but that they “believe that he is truly remorseful for his actions.”
Collins apologised in a statement.
“First I want to apologise to my teammates, the Hawks’ organisation, our fans, partners and community as a whole for this situation,” Collins said.
“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 of us in this position.
“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 fight 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.”
Collins’ suspension, which began on Tuesday with the Hawks’ home game against San Antonio, will cost him $610,582.
Without their second-leading scorer and leading rebounder, Atlanta evened their win-loss record at 3-3 with a 108-100 victory.
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