October 7, 2016 3:57 pm
Updated: October 7, 2016 4:07 pm

Winnipeg Blue Bombers DB Bruce Johnson suspended for doping violation

Edmonton Eskimos' John White gets wrapped up by Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Bruce Johnson during the first half of a CFL game in Winnipeg on Friday, September 30, 2016.


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.

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“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.”

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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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