The USA Today reports that Orland Magic forward Rashard Lewis sill sit 10 games in 2009-10 season due to testing positive for a banned substance. It is believed the substance was 'testosterone' possibly due to DHEA in a nutritional supplement
The Orlando Sentinel, citing league sources, reports that substance is testosterone, which showed up from nutritional substances Lewis said he took not knowing they contained DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone). That is a chemical compound naturally occurring in the body but also found in over-the-counter supplements at nutritional stores.
Lewis released a statement, saying he took "full responsibility for the situation and accept the corresponding penalty."
He said toward the end of last season, "I took an over-the-counter supplement which at the time I did not realize included a substance banned by the NBA."
DHEA -- a testosterone precursor -- usually doesn't raise testosterone level enough to matter' however the drug can throw a positive into a urine test.
The NBA has been remarkably free of steroids and PEDs, either because the drugs have not permeated the NBA culture,or because the steroid testing is weak. This may be only the 4th or 5th steroids-related NBA suspension in history.