Nets’ Wilson Chandler ‘heartbroken’ over PED suspension
Wilson Chandler is yet to start his career with the Brooklyn Nets. However, he’s been hit with a heavy suspension that will keep him out of the team for 25 games.
He talked with Stefan Bondy of New York Daily News and expressed his sadness over the decision handed down to him by the association.
“I was heartbroken. It was terrible,” Chandler shared. “Definitely a terrible day, a few days. I still feel terrible about it.”
Chandler was hit with a 25-game suspension last August for testing positive for Ipamorelin, a performance-enhancing drug. While he claimed that a prescribed treatment contained small doses of the recently banned substance, he accepted responsibility and admitted he should have been more careful.
The long suspension would mean he will have a lot of catching up to do to be in good condition should the Nets decide to stick with him once he returns.
However, his dip in performance over the past two seasons doesn’t guarantee his spot with the team. He suffered a skid in production in 2017-18, finishing with 10.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists a game. The number diminished even further to 6.0 points, 4.2 boards and 1.6 assists the following year.
He also has competition for the starting spot, with Taurean Prince now expected to take the starting power forward job for the Nets.
Chandler must come back stronger if he wants to keep his spot in the team. Otherwise, he’ll be spending the next summer wondering where he’ll play ball next.