Hawks’ John Collins Handed 25 Games Suspension By NBA

John Collins in 2017. Photo by Scott Kinser/CSM/Shutterstock

The problems continue to pile up for Atlanta Hawks. After recently losing their young star point guard Trey Young to an ankle injury, Hawks will now be without forward John Collins for a foreseeable time as well.

NBA announced on Tuesday that Collins received a 25-games suspension for violating the league’s Anti-Drug Program. The 22-year-old was positive on Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide-2, according to the statement released by the NBA. He started serving his suspension the same day, missing Hawks’ game against San Antonio Spurs.

Following the announcement of the suspension, Collins gave a statement to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, saying that he didn’t take the substance willingly and intends to appeal.

“I want to apologize to my teammates, the Hawks organization, our fans, partners, and community as a whole for this situation,” – said Collins. “I understand the impact this matter has on what we are trying to achieve together this season, and I am incredibly frustrated and disappointed in myself for putting all of us in this position.”

Collins, who was Hawks’ 19th overall pick in 2017, is currently averaging 17.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and an impressive 2.0 blocks per game.