The Charlotte Hornets will be without their star player Al Jefferson for a bit longer than hoped. Yesterday, the NBA suspended Jefferson for five games after violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program. Jefferson has missed the past 4 games after suffering a left calf injury and will also miss another week or two unless something changes. Jefferson is currently averaging 13.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

Below, is the official press release announcing Jefferson’s suspension per

From the Hornets:

“We are disappointed in Al’s decisions that led to this suspension. As an organization, we do not condone this behavior. We have addressed this with Al. He is regretful and understands that we expect him to learn from this mistake.”

From Al Jefferson:

I want to apologize to the Hornets organization, our owner, my teammates and my coaches for the poor decision that I made. I know I have let people down, especially the Hornets fans that have been so supportive of me since I arrived in Charlotte two years ago. I am blessed to be able to play the game that I love for a living and I do not take that for granted. From the bottom of my heart, I am truly sorry, and I am committed to making smarter decisions in the future.”