Riders offensive lineman Bruce Campbell suspended two games for positive drug test

Saskatchewan Roughriders offensive lineman Bruce Campbell has been suspended for two games after testing positive for a banned substance (Ibutamoren) under the drug policy of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA).

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.

Under the policy, a suspended player cannot participate in games. It is up to the club to determine whether that player can participate in other team activities, such as practices and meetings.

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.

The policy mandates a total number of random tests equal to 100 per cent of the players in the CFL.

Random testing is ongoing and is conducted year-round.


14 Comments on Riders offensive lineman Bruce Campbell suspended two games for positive drug test

  1. B. Johnson // January 16, 2018 at 12:11 pm //

    Not cheating…not trying

  2. Provemewrong // January 16, 2018 at 12:15 pm //

    Under Jones, what do you expect.

    • Jeff Garcia's Agent // January 16, 2018 at 12:53 pm //

      4 seasons as an HC and this is the first player to receive a suspension for a banned substance. Your point, other than to throw shade at Jones?

    • BigRedMachine // January 16, 2018 at 2:13 pm //

      Glass houses and stones come to mind. Most every team will be hit with this at some point. I’m just glad that the system appears to be working…

    • Jeremiah the Bull Frog // January 16, 2018 at 2:54 pm //

      Ya that’s it pullyourdong. The coach suggests the players to use banned substances. Man once again this is proof that keyboard imbeciles strike hard, fast and often. When they don’t have a clue what they are talking about. Just putting out crap to get their screen name out there.
      The facts are this player was the property of the Argos. SK traded for Campbell. He then retired an Argo. After realizing how much he missed football he comes back to the CFL in August. Not in game shape.
      So what ever the player does to try and get back into game shape is on them.
      Then because 3 Down uses a popular Team name the little pukes come a trolling. I honestly wonder how some people get through life hating so much.

  3. Bestcflfan // January 16, 2018 at 12:20 pm //

    When did they do this test?

    How do they run these tests on Americans who are home for the winter? This whole scenario sounds weird to me given that we are completely in the off-season.

    And by the way if I had a job where you suffer the equivalent of a car crash every week, I’d want to take pain drugs too. (This one is a muscle builder though)

    • Can’t speak specifically regarding how the CFL does its testing, but i know they source it out to the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport.

      Drug tests usually take a long to to process from the time the sample is collected to actually analyzing the sample (about a month).

      Regarding Olympic athletes, thheir drug testing procedure is quite intrusive. The athlete is required to fill out a timetable stating where they will be at what time on each day well in advance (I believe its 14 or 21 days). If this test did happen in the offseason (which it likely did, or sometime in late november), it is entirely possible that the anti-doping agents knew of his whereabouts, and therefore were able to locate him and test him.

      Just want to reiterate that while this procedure is not CFL specific, it is very common for testing of Olympic athletes to be done this way by the CCES, who is also responsible for CFL testing.

    • fannotacoach // January 16, 2018 at 2:30 pm //

      November based on previous article.

  4. Just saying // January 16, 2018 at 12:32 pm //

    He owns it so that’s good. Just to be truthful though the league would fold if they actually tested everyone.

  5. In the whole league if tested there would be more than a few would fail.

    • BigRedMachine // January 16, 2018 at 2:18 pm //

      I thought I read somewhere that the number of random tests conducted per year is equal to the number of players in the CFL. Therefore, a pretty good chance a player is going to be tested sometime during the year. Luckily they don’t test for marijuana…

      • Jeff Garcia's Agent // January 17, 2018 at 3:41 pm //

        You are correct. They have to cover the equivalent of 100% of rostered players but that doesn’t mean every player is tested each season. Some receive multiple tests. It’s my understanding the vast majority (like over 97%) are tested annually, leaving the remaining percentage to do multiple test on previous offenders.

  6. Scottsask // January 16, 2018 at 2:37 pm //

    Manna from heaven for 3downnation and the trolls. Get it together boys. Oh, could we have just 2 more stories repeating the same headline?

  7. Michael Kulyk // January 16, 2018 at 3:13 pm //

    rider nation ?

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