Wednesday, October 19, 2016 — TORONTO (October 19, 2016) – Hamilton Tiger-Cats receiver Brandon Banks has been suspended for two games effective immediately after testing positive for a banned substance (Methylenedioxyamphetamine), under the drug policy of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA).
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.
Under the policy, a suspended player cannot participate in games. It is up to their Club to determine whether that player can participate in other team activities, such as 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.
TIGER-CAT BRANDON BANKS SUSPENDED FOR VIOLATING CFL/CFLPA DRUG POLICY https://t.co/jMvOAdkGBf— trhasan 2016-10-19 15:55:06
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