Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Marcus Thigpen has been suspended by the CFL for two games after he tested positive for a banned substance under the league’s drug policy after a test conducted last November.
Players who test positive will face a two-game suspension for a first doping violation, a nine-game suspension for a second violation, a one-year suspension for a third violation, and a lifetime ban for a fourth violation.
This means Thigpen cannot participate in regular season or post-season games. It is up to the football team to determine whether he can participate in other team activities, such as mini camp, training camp, practices and meetings. Thigpen will be eligible to take part in pre-season games.
All players will be subject to mandatory drug testing once testing positive and will participate in an assessment and clinical evaluation to determine if they need additional counselling.
In a statement released by the Riders, head coach/general manager Chris Jones says:
“We are disappointed in Marcus and that he has tested positive for a banned substance. We have been in conversation with Marcus and the CFL for clarity and accept the leagues decision and corresponding two-game suspension. Our organization fully supports the CFL/CFLPA policy preventing the use of performance-enhancing drugs.”