Argos QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson sent home after violating COVID protocol by attending Raptors game

Photo courtesy: Adam Krueger, Toronto Argonauts

The Toronto Argonauts may be without their starting quarterback for the East Final.

According to TSN reporter Dave NaylorHearing Toronto Argo QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson has been sent home and is being held out of practice today because of attending the Raptors game at his team’s request. It’s a violation of CFL Covid protocol, which states he must now quarantine 4 days. Game day is Sunday. 

As per the CFL’s own tier one personnel rules, Bethel-Thompson is supposed quarantine for four days and require two negative tests before he is allowed to be around the team again. He went 7-2 as a starter during the regular season to help the Argos earn first place in the East Division.

During 10 games in 2021, Bethel-Thompson completed 66 percent of his passes for 2,303 yards with 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The 33-year-old journeyman took the starting QB job from Nick Arbuckle and was a major reason why the boatmen are hosting the East Final at BMO Field.

The San Francisco, California native re-signed with the double blue after a 2019 season that saw him lead the CFL in touchdown passes with 26 against 13 interceptions in 13 starts, while completing 68 percent of his passes for 4,024 yards. The six-foot-four, 220-pound QB amassed nine games with at least 300 yards passing and two with over 400 yards that year.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats visit the Argos Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET with a spot in the 108th Grey Cup on the line. Bethel-Thompson’s playing status is up in the air.