NEW YORK -- Detroit Pistons guard Lindsey Hunter was
suspended 10 games without pay by the NBA on Wednesday after
testing positive for phentermine, a banned substance primarily used
for weight loss.
"I'm as shocked as anyone," Hunter said after arriving at the
Palace on Wednesday. "It was a diet pill -- we've all taken stuff
and nothing ever happens."
Hunter said the pill was prescribed for his wife Ivy.
"We do that at our house -- if I've got a head cold, I might
grab one of her pills," he said. "It was just a bonehead mistake
on my part."
Phentermine is listed as a steroid or performance-enhancing drug
under the league's anti-drug program and brings an automatic
10-game penalty for a first positive test.
Hunter, who is 36 and in his 13th NBA season, is averaging 4.6
points, 1.4 assists and 14 minutes in 39 games as a key reserve for
the Eastern Conference-leading Pistons.
Hunter began his suspension Wednesday night when the Pistons
faced the Cleveland Cavaliers and will lose more than $202,000.
"It's the league rule, and I have to abide by it," he said.
"I just hope people don't think I'm out smoking marijuana."
Pistons coach Flip Saunders declined to comment on the
suspension before the game, saying he wanted Hunter to have a
chance to talk first.