NBA suspends injured Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha for five games


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Utah Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha is already out for the season with a knee injury, but whenever he’s able to return, Sefolosha will have to sit out five more games.

The NBA announced Sefolosha violated the anti-drug program, and has been suspended for five games.

It is not known what violation Sefolosha committed. However, player is suspended five games after his third positive test for marijuana, according to the NBA’s anti-drug program.

Sefolosha released an apologetic statement on Twitter:

“I would first like to apologize to the Utah Jazz organization, specifically to our great owners, management, coaching staff & my teammates,” Sefolosha wrote. “I also would like to apologize to the NBA and to the fans, who have loyally supported me for the last 12 years. I’ve made errors in judgment, for which I take full responsibility. I sincerely regret any potential distraction this may cause my team, as it is fighting to qualify for the playoffs. I will continue to work extremely hard, all summer long, to recover quickly from this injury, and come back stronger and better next season.”

Sefolosha played in 38 games this season with the Jazz, averaging 8.2 points and 4.2 rebounds before suffering a season-ending knee injury in January.

The Jazz have a team option on Sefolosha’s $5.25 million salary next season. Sefolosha, 33, is a 12-year veteran with a reputation for being an excellent defender.

The Jazz are currently in the 6th seed in the Western Conference playoff race and will take on the Los Angeles Lakers tonight.

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