Ex-NBA star Jeremy Lin banned for five games in Taiwan over WADA breach

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Taipei, Taiwan—Former NBA champion Jeremy Lin has been banned for five games for violating anti-doping rules over blood treatment for an injury, Taiwan’s P. League+ said.

The 35-year-old guard, who won the NBA crown with the Toronto Raptors in 2019, was also fined NT$150,000 . Lin burst to global fame with the New York Knicks in 2012 when he led them to a seven-game win streak, sparking a cultural phenomenon dubbed “Linsanity.” Born in the United States to Taiwanese immigrant parents, Lin now plays for the New Taipei Kings, having made his debut in Taiwan’s P. League+ last year.

To treat an injury, Lin underwent a type of blood irradiation therapy, which is against World Anti-Doping Agency rules, the league said in a statement.“Our investigation confirmed that the relevant treatment was arranged by the team and no banned substances were used,” the league said.His team apologized, saying the treatment was not intended to “enhance performance and only meant to assist in the recovery of his injury.”It is legal, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare.

 

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