Regina LB Nick Cross stripped of USports rookie award over positive marijuana test

University of Regina Rams linebacker Nick Cross has been stripped of his 2018 USports rookie of the year award after testing positive for marijuana.

Cross tested positive for cannabis after a game against UBC on Oct. 28, 2017 and received a two-month sanction that expired on Jan. 4 of this year.

Cross, who registered 59 tackles, one sack and an interception for the Rams last season, also lost his USports All-Canadian designation and the Can West rookie-of-the-year award.

USports has given its rookie-of-the-year award to Tre Ford of the University of Waterloo Warriors while offensive lineman Tyler Packer of the University of Calgary Dinos gets the Can West honours.

While cannabis will soon be legal in Canada, it is still classified as a specified substance on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited list. The CFL, meanwhile, does not test for marijuana.


46 Comments on Regina LB Nick Cross stripped of USports rookie award over positive marijuana test

  1. Fresh from TMZ……. que the 100 + Carter comparisons.

  2. What a disgrace. Shame on Usports.

  3. Equine Excellence // June 20, 2018 at 1:02 pm //

    The Pink Floyd and Bob Marley tunes must frequent the speakers at Mosaic.

    • Huff's Neighbor // June 20, 2018 at 2:26 pm //

      Better than cow tunes and the smell of horse shit in classless ancient McHorror.

  4. Scottsask // June 20, 2018 at 1:09 pm //

    ……and it’s pure bliss! Irie Mon! Jah Rasta!

  5. there’s no hope with dope !!!

  6. At McMahon often heard. John Mellencamp – Crumblin’ Down

  7. Blue rules // June 20, 2018 at 1:23 pm //

    Isn’t that how you try out for for Chris Jones, 3 criminal charges you make starting line

    • Huff's Neighbor // June 20, 2018 at 2:28 pm //

      Really, a bomber fan throwing hacks at the Riders. You should be much more worried about the hot mess in bomber land than how Coach Jones recruites.

  8. Who gives a s**t about dope use anymore. What a joke USports. It’s not performance enhancing. Maybe he choose to recover from the bumps and bruises with marijuanna instead of pills..jeez

    • For sure // June 20, 2018 at 2:33 pm //

      That is almost irrelevant. What is relevant is that he knows what is a banned substance in his league and follow the rules so that he passes the drug tests.

  9. All this shows is that the kid has no self control when it comes to using pot. He knows it’s banned and he knows the reprocussions and yet he continues to do it…

    Same thing with Carter, it’s not about using it but the fact that they purposely ignore the law/rules and continue to use an illegal/banned substance. Just shows a lack of maturity.

    • True Green // June 21, 2018 at 12:04 am //

      Have you ever jaywalked? Exceeded the speed limit? Used your phone while driving?

      How about water skied before sunrise or more than an hour after sunset? Maybe you had 2 beer and drove home knowing you were fine but your BAC may say otherwise.

      Once I even had a headlight out AND I’d forgotten to renew my plates all in the same day!

      These are all illegal and/or against the rules. Put it in perspective. Some people smoke pot and they shouldn’t be persecuted for it. How would you like to be given a raise at work and then your boss takes it back because you *gasp* carried three beer instead of two at a Rider game? Yup, that’s against the rules and might even be illegal.

      • It doesn’t really matter. I feel bad for the kid, but he KNOWS the consequences if he lights up in his position. Stupid stupid thing to do. You said you “forgot” to renew your plates, and “thought”your BAC was OK. Those are actual honest mistakes. He knew what the rule was (no matter how ridiculous everyone thinks it is) and broke blatantly broke it. If I break all the rules of my employer, what would I expect? Its the same story for the inevitable 4 game suspensions yet to be handed out for the start of the upcoming NFL season. Yes the rule may be outdatted and you dont like it, but its still the rule.

  10. White Horse // June 20, 2018 at 2:50 pm //

    Listen football fans. That green hooch is still illegal! Got it though your simple burnt out little minds yet?
    The guy deserves what he got. Very simple!

    • Sir Gallahan of the Prairies // June 21, 2018 at 11:29 am //

      Good old “”white horse”” The horse that wears a friggen sheet over its head.
      The dude is a dunce! He’s always judge, jury and the prosecution.
      When in fact it’s 100% hypocritical combined with very little intelligence.
      I don’t smoke the crap. But it is legal in many ways and will be completely legal in Oct.
      The prohibition on weed is and was ridiculous. Only because the Gov couldn’t figure out how to tax it is why it was illegal. I’d rather have Pot legal and alcohol illegal.
      I can’t stand a drunk but someone high on pot. No problem! Most of the time you can’t even tell.

  11. Outwest // June 20, 2018 at 3:11 pm //

    Substance abuse is substance abuse doesn’t matter if it should legal or not.

    • Sir Gallahan of the Prairies // June 20, 2018 at 9:11 pm //

      With that analogy. Should players also be punished if they test positive for alcohol. Pot stays in your urine up to 30 days. Alcohol just a couple days. So would you ckasdify that as substance abuse?

  12. Pot as substance abuse? Even the government isn’t that stupid anymore. If the Olympics can get over the Canadian snowboarder testing positive maybe it’s time smarter people were in charge at U sports. You know -the opposite of you.

  13. Ridersrule // June 20, 2018 at 4:19 pm //

    Wow I have to laugh at the people on here that get on one guy because he got caught smoking pot . If they had a random test for any athlete in any sport I’ll bet 90% would test positive for pot. If I was a coach I would rather my players smoke pot to relieve pain from injuries etc than highly addictive prescription drugs.
    Oh btw for anyone that posted even if pot is close to being legal and he knew that but still did it , I hope you never go over the speed limit and if you have and got a ticket I bet you blamed the cop.

  14. That’s to bad now that it will become legal soon
    But rules were broken and penalties levied
    The real issue they need to discuss is
    Marijuana a performance enhancing drug ??
    And when legal should it be removed from the banned substance list ?

  15. Shame on USports. The CFL doesn’t care, the Senate and Parliament say it’s fine. Why do these old dudes running universities still care. Cause their old and out of touch, that’s why. Poor kid.

  16. For sure // June 20, 2018 at 5:00 pm //

    Those things certainly need to be discussed by the governing bodies of all leagues. Right now it is still a banned substance in most leagues so it is the player’s responsibility to avoid it if he is serious about participating in his sport.
    If you get a speeding ticket, it is your fault. If you use dope when it is still illegal or a banned substance in your league, it is your fault. It is not the cops fault or the testers fault or the league’s fault or a border patrol cop’s fault either for that matter. They simply enforce the rules and the laws. It is up to every individual to know what the rules and laws are as applied to their circumstances and abide by them or be mature and responsible enough to take ownership of their mistakes. And accept the consequences.

  17. What an embarrassment that they are still in the dark ages this bad.

    • Blue rules // June 20, 2018 at 6:22 pm //

      Sounds like your still living in your parents basement, you want change, get a real job ( taking the trash to the curb doesn’t count) then make change. So all the old people can stop looking after you

  18. brian johnson // June 20, 2018 at 5:50 pm //

    A rule is a rule. Don’t want to play the game? Then don’t.

  19. Edward Leslie // June 20, 2018 at 7:32 pm //

    USports wants to have some standards of conduct.
    Just because Justin Trudeau doesn’t, that shouldn’t mean tthey should sink to his level.
    Who wants a bunch of stoners playing for their team? Not me.
    They will probably play high. Smoking that stuff reduces motor skills and lowers inhibitions, resulting in bad conduct.
    Bravo USports!

  20. Colour me green // June 20, 2018 at 8:18 pm //

    Just a few more months and he may have made it, lol.

  21. well the guy is from sask, nothing suprising here

    • Ryan are you ridiculously blinded by the fact that the whole fricken Province if BC is proud to be Pot smokers. Heck some of the best bud in the world is grown in BC.
      When I lived there my Banker smoked Pot, the Company lawyer smoked Pot. How do I know that? Because we had great friendships and they told me. Simple question …. So what are you up to tonight on the awesome Friday. Well I’m going to pour a glass of wine. Roll up a number and have a relaxing evening.
      I guess that’s what some of you numbskulls call a drug addict or a substance abuser.

    • Hahaha I just love this unintelligent attempt at an insult. You and 51. It never works. It doesn’t even make sense. Are you new to this? because you’re awful at it.

  22. Just saying // June 20, 2018 at 9:21 pm //

    Hey Edward, you do know that probably 75% of your favourite team smokes pot right ?

  23. Edward Leslie // June 20, 2018 at 9:28 pm //

    Just saying:
    People always pull bogus percentage numbers out of thin air to back their side.
    But even if that were true, it doesn’t make them right.

    Like Nancy Reagan said back in the day, “Just say no to drugs.”

  24. Just saying // June 20, 2018 at 9:33 pm //

    You said you don’t want stoners on your team, or do you just not want to know you have pot smokers on tour team? Don’t be blind to the world it’s everywhere. By the way I have no hate on you and all others that are against this. Let’s hope for good football starting tomorrow!

  25. For sure // June 20, 2018 at 10:36 pm //

    The NFL still test for marijuana and list it as a banned substance so it is unlikely that their players have that high a percentage using pot. Stupid if they do considering the salary they are putting in jeopardy.

  26. Just saying // June 20, 2018 at 11:08 pm //

    Agree especially if it stays in your system for a good amount of time

  27. True Green // June 21, 2018 at 12:10 am //

    I love all the judgement here… we are all football fans and a lot of players use pot. But we want to judge them for that? While drinking a beer and sitting on our asses watching them work their butts off, we want to judge their pot use? What a fukking joke that is. Yeah you’re all right, it’s still a rule. But there used to be a rule that women couldn’t vote and black people had to sit at the back of the bus. Those rules sure as hell weren’t right and needed to change.

    Wake up, it’s 2018 and pot isn’t going anywhere and it never should have been illegal.

  28. grnrider // June 21, 2018 at 12:21 am //

    For 99% of the commenters regarding this article – I prefer Dave Naylor’s comment: “@TSNDaveNaylor
    Anybody else curious about what would happen if university professors were subject to tests for marijuana like athletes are?”

  29. Edward Leslie // June 21, 2018 at 5:20 am //

    True Green:
    Yeah, I guess we’ll just forget all about how it kills brain cells, adds to impaired driving problems and stinks, causing many with respiratory problems big time trouble. Let’s just ignore how most geavy drug users started with pot.
    It’s perfectly fine because Justin Trudeau says so.

  30. Second hand smoke from walking down the street worked for that snow boarder.

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