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LeBron James Steroids Rumors Explained

Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers controls the ball against the New Jersey Nets at the Izod Center on March 3, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Getty Images)more pics »When a rumor began circulating that Cleveland Cavaliers marquee player LeBron James had been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for steroids, it had many of his fans worried. But it turns out the rumor is sort of half true.

This is the face LeBron makes when you accuse him of steroid use. (Getty Images)
Steven Lebron, a minor league baseball player picked up in January by the Cleveland Indians, was the source of the mix-up. The Dominican catcher tested positive for the steroid Boldenone metabolite, and was suspended from playing baseball for 50 games. The Indians voided his contract at no cost, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

For his part, LeBron James is back in the Cavs' starting line-up as of Friday to take on the Philadelphia 76ers. He sat out for a week after suffering an ankle injury. He said that after a lot of exercise and some regeneration (no steroids involved) he's ready to play for the rest of the season.

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  • LeBron James in Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics
  • LeBron James in Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics
  • LeBron James in Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics
  • LeBron James in Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics
  • LeBron James in Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics
  • LeBron James in Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics
  • LeBron James in Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics
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