CFL – CFLPA Looking Into Combine Doping

The CFL and CFLPA today released the following statement:

“We are united in our commitment to safeguard the health and safety of our athletes and the integrity of our game. That is why, four years ago this month, we introduced the CFL/CFLPA Policy to Prevent the Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs, as part of our Collective Bargaining Agreement.

It is a joint policy that works for our league. The policy’s structure is based on education, prevention and rehabilitation. Public disclosure is not made for a first offence only, as our goal is to create behaviour change through assessments and rehabilitation administered by professionals.

Repeat offenders are subjected to escalating penalties: a three game suspension for a second offence, a one year suspension for a third offence and a lifetime ban for a fourth offence. We are confident the program is working: as we enter our fifth season under the policy, no player has received a suspension as no player has tested positive a second time. Any policy can be improved and strengthened which is why we are in dialogue about how we can make ours better.

This past Spring, a number of CIS players attending the CFL Combine tested positive for banned substances under our policy, including some who were subsequently drafted into our league. We found this deeply concerning for the integrity of the league and especially the health and safety of all current and future players.

We are actively looking at ways to further deter the use of physically harmful performance enhancing drugs prior to players becoming professionals. Our goal is to provide a safe, fair and level playing field for all players in the CFL.”

Jeffrey L. Orridge, Commissioner, Canadian Football League and Scott Flory, President, Canadian Football League Players Association