Photo courtesy: Rich Lam/UBC Thunderbirds
Photo courtesy: Rich Lam/UBC Thunderbirds

Canadian defensive back Stavros Katsantonis has been invited to one of the XFL summer showcases.

The XFL is hosting the events in each of the eight team cities to evaluate players for the league’s inaugural season kicking off in February 2020. The XFL is set to have teams in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Washington.

Katsantonis had his CFL draft year pushed to 2020 due to an inadvertent drug violation.

After the UBC season ended, Katsantonis began his training regimen for the CFL combine and pro day. He began taking an over the counter product that was touted to improve supplement absorption and assumed that over the counter supplements did not have any illegal substances. The over the counter absorption supplement contained a propriety blend with a growth factor and subsequently the pair tested positive for SARM LGD 4033, an anabolic agent.

Katsantonis was a first-team All-Canadian for the third straight year last season recording 50 tackles, 1.5 for loss, four interceptions, two pass break-ups and one fumble recovery. He’s not eligible for his final year of USports eligibility because of the infraction.

It’s believed Katsantonis is the first Canadian player to be invited to an XFL showcase.

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