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When Joakim Noah finally will be able to return to the court, he’ll be sitting on the shelf for 20 games after violating the NBA’s drug policy. Today (March 28), the Knicks center apologized to the organization and his fans for what’s he described as a “mistake” during the treatment of his injuries.

Reports ESPN:

Joakim Noah apologized to the New York Knicks and their fans for taking a banned substance, and he hopes to be medically cleared by NBA doctors for Wednesday’s game against the Miami Heat so he can begin serving his 20-game suspension.

“I made a mistake. It was a tough year for me, for this team,” Noah said after returning to practice Tuesday. “… I let a lot of people down. It was a mistake. And I gotta learn from it and bounce back. This is a tough moment and I’m going to learn from it.”

Noah, 32, tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement — selective androgen receptor modulator LGD-4033 — that is banned under the NBA’s current collective bargaining agreement. He said the supplement was not provided by the Knicks; it was an over-the-counter supplement the he took while trying to rehab from an injury.

Noah apologized to his teammates, the Knicks organization and the fans.

All will be forgiven, if he produces when he eventually gets back on an NBA court.

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