Louzada has tested positive for drostanolone and testosterone.
In a statement to ESPN, Louzada, 22, described the source for unwittingly ingesting the banned substances as an off-season trip to his homeland in Brazil and consulting a recommended nutritionist.
“When I was in Brazil during the off-season, I consulted a nutritionist who recommended that I take some vitamins and supplements,” Louzada said in the statement. “Because she has worked with professional athletes in the past, I never thought that any of these substances could be banned or contaminated. When I found out about the positive test, I immediately worked fully with the league and union to help everyone . ” of us understand what exactly happened.
“I would never knowingly take anything that violates NBA rules. I take my responsibility in this situation. I deeply regret this happened and I apologize to my team, my teammates and Pelicans fans for this mistake.”
“On behalf of the New Orleans Pelicans Organization, we were disappointed to learn that Didi Louzada violated the NBA / NBPA anti-drug program,” said David Griffin, Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations, in a statement. “After talking to Didi, we are confident that he understands the seriousness of the situation and regrets the decisions that led to the suspension. We fully support Didi on and off the pitch if he learns from this experience and grows.”
Louzada spent two seasons with the Sydney Kings in the NBL before the Pelicans signed him for the final games of the 2020-21 season in April of last season. During this off-season Louzada signed a multi-year contract with New Orleans.
Louzada has played five games in his NBA career and this season also spent time with the G League subsidiary of the Pelicans in Birmingham.
Information from ESPN’s Andrew Lopez was used in this report