Laettner Suspended Five Games

The National Basketball Association announced today that Washington Wizards forward Christian Laettner has been suspended for five games for violating the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug policy. Laettner will begin serving the suspension Tuesday when the Wizards face the Houston Rockets.

“We’re extremely disappointed that this happened.” said Wizards President of Basketball Operations Ernie Grunfeld. “This comes as a surprise to us, as the league’s substance abuse policy is confidential. I have spoken to Christian and he is embarrassed for his family, his teammates, the Wizards organization and the fans.”

“I deeply regret any embarrassment that my actions have caused to members of my family, my teammates, my fans and the Washington Wizards organization,” said Laettner. “I accept full responsibility for my actions. I have elected to seek professional assistance to fully educate myself as to the consequences of my behavior to assure that these issues never interfere again with my career and my obligations to my team, my teammates and our fans.”

Laettner was notified Monday evening of the suspension. The 6-11 forward from Duke University is averaging 6.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 30 games this season. Laettner is currently playing in his 12th NBA season.