CFL prospect Trivel Pinto suspended for cocaine, bumped from 2019 draft


University of British Columbia receiver Trivel Pinto has been suspended two years and bumped from the upcoming CFL draft after testing positive for cocaine.

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) collected a positive urine sample during in-competition doping control on Oct. 27, 2018, which revealed the presence of cocaine, a prohibited stimulant.

According to CCES, Pinto waived his right to a hearing and accepted the two-year ban, which ends on Oct. 26, 2020. During the sanction period, Pinto cannot play, practice or train with UBC players.

According to CFL rules, a player who tests positive for a substance banned under the CFL drug policy in his draft year has his eligibility deferred for one year.

That means Pinto, who was ranked No. 18 on the CFL’s Scouting Bureau list in December, has been bumped from the 2019 CFL draft the league has confirmed.

The Toronto native was a first-team All-Canadian for the second straight season in 2018 after setting a new single-season Canada West record with 67 receptions for 916 yards and six touchdowns while leading the conference with 1,503 all-purpose yards in seven games.


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