EDIT: A follow-up test found no traces of other banned substances. The Player’s Association is expected to push for a reduced ban for Ayton, also per Woj.
Last season’s number 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton has been suspended for 25 games for violating the league’s anti-drug policy per Adrian Wojnarowski. He tested positive for a diuretic.
Diuretics, according to the Mayo Clinic, “help rid your body of salt (sodium) and water. Most of them help your kidneys release more sodium into your urine. The sodium takes with it water from your blood, decreasing the amount of fluid flowing through your veins and arteries. This reduces blood pressure.” This helps with those who suffer from diabetes and high blood pressure.
Diuretics have also been used by athletes to flush steroids out of their system more quickly, which is why it is banned for NBA athletes.
Whether or not Ayton was using steroids is currently unknown. He started his second season with the Phoenix Suns last night posting 18 points and 11 boards against the Sacramento Kings.
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