NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Pelicans reserve small forward Didi Louzada has been suspended 25 games for violating the the NBA’s performance-enhancing drug rules.
Louzada’s suspension, announced by NBA spokesman Mark Broussard, began Friday when the Pelicans hosted the Los Angeles Clippers.
The 6-foot-5 Louzada, who joined the Pelicans last season, has played in just two games this season and has not scored.
“We were disappointed to learn that Didi Louzada violated the NBA-NBPA Anti-Drug Program,” said Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin. “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.