Orlando Magic's Rashard Lewis Suspended For First 10 Games Of NBA Season

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IAugust 6, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14:  Rashard Lewis #9 of the Orlando Magic takes a jump shot against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 14, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. The Lakers won 99-86. NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Just when fans thought steroids were only used throughout Major League Baseball, breaking news had to report that Orlando Magic star Rashard Lewis has just been suspended for the first 10 games of the season without pay for using a nutritional over-the-counter supplement.

Now before NBA fans get too excited and irrational over this iffy topic, let's just break this down really quick.

Near the end of the '08-'09 NBA season, Lewis took a supplement that contained a substance that is banned by the National Basketball Association.

It is obvious that Lewis did not take this product with the intentions of hoping to not get caught by the NBA, or in an attempt to uplift his overall game.

From the information given, Lewis publicly spoke out to say,

"I apologize to Magic fans, my teammates, and this organization for not doing the research that should come with good judgment."

So at the end of the day, whose fault is it that Rashard Lewis is getting suspended for the first game of the season, his or the organization's?

It is clear that in every NBA player's contract, there are specific guidelines as to what each athlete is allowed to consume.

If Shard was informed and totally aware of this substance being banned from the league, don't you agree that he would never have taken a risk on it to begin with?

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