Winnipeg Blue Bombers DB Bruce Johnson suspended for doping violation
WINNIPEG – Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back Bruce Johnson has been suspended for two games for breaking the CFL/CFLPA drug policy.
Johnson tested positive for Methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA), a psychedelic drug. This is the American’s first doping violation in his three-year CFL career. He will miss the entire home-and-home series against the BC Lions.
“I take full responsibility for my decisions and accept the disciplinary action,” said Johnson in a statement.
“I apologize to my coaches, teammates, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers organization and Bomber fans and will use this as a learning opportunity for myself.”
The league and players’ association expanded drug testing in the off-season. Under the old policy, a first positive test result was kept confidential.
“We are disappointed with Bruce and his decision,” said Bombers General Manager Kyle Walters in a statement.
“I trust no one is more upset in his actions than Bruce himself.”
If he breaks the drug policy a second time, Johnson will be suspended for nine games. A third violation brings a one-year suspension while a fourth sparks a lifetime ban.
Johnson has two forced fumbles and 28 tackles in 11 games this season.
The CFL and CFLPA conduct random drug testing throughout the year.
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