Wizards’ Meeks suspended 25 games

The Washington Wizards will be without shooting guard Jodie Meeks for the 2018 playoffs, as Meeks tested positive for banned compounds ipamorelin and growth-hormone-releasing peptide-2 and is being suspended for 25 games by the NBA — according to a report by ESPN.

Meeks, 30, appeared in 77 games for the Wizards this season and averaged 6.3 points while shooting 39.9 percent from the field and 34.3 percent from 3-point range.

“It is regrettable that the NBA has prematurely taken action against Jodie today,” Meeks’ lawyer, Ben Levine told ESPN. “Accordingly, we will appeal the suspension and vigorously defend Jodie’s rights. Unfortunately, under the CBA, a player is guilty until proven innocent and while Jodie’s appeal is pending he will be forced to sit out the playoffs.”

Meeks’ suspension will carry into the 2018-19 regular season.