August 9, 2018

Bombers OL Qadr Spooner suspended for violating drug policy

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TORONTO — Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive lineman Qadr Spooner has been suspended for two games after testing positive for a banned substance, methasterone, under the drug policy of the Canadian Football League  and the Canadian Football League Players’ Association.

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.

In a team-issued statement, the Blue Bombers said, “we were informed recently that Qadr Spooner had tested positive for a banned substance. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers fully support the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, and trust Qadr will be more conscious of his decisions moving forward.”

Under the policy, a suspended player cannot participate in regular season or post-season games. It is up to the Club to determine whether that player can participate in other team activities, such as mini camp, training camp, 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% of the players in the CFL.

Random testing is ongoing and is conducted year-round.