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NBA suspends Pelicans' DiDi Louzada for 25 games

The Pelicans' forward is suspended 25 games without pay after testing positive for Drostanolone and Testosterone.

NEW YORK — DiDi Louzada of the New Orleans Pelicans has been suspended without pay for twenty-five games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for Drostanolone and Testosterone, it was announced today by the NBA.

Louzada’s suspension will begin with tonight’s game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Pelicans at Smoothie King Center.

Additionally, New Orleans Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin released the following statement concerning the matter: “On behalf of the New Orleans Pelicans organization, we were disappointed to learn that Didi Louzada violated the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program. After speaking with Didi, we are confident that he understands the full gravity of the situation and regrets the decisions that led to the suspension. We fully support Didi on and off the court as he learns and grows from this experience.”