Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ defensive back Bruce Johnson has been suspended by the CFL for testing positive for methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA).
A first-time doping violation will have Johnson sitting out two games effectively immediately.
Under league rules, a second violation will result in a nine-game suspension, a one-year suspension for a third violation and a lifetime ban for a fourth violation.
“I take full responsibility for my decisions and accept the disciplinary action,” Johnson said 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. I hope to return following my suspension and help our team continue the push toward the playoffs.”
Blue Bombers general manager Kyle Walters said: “We are disappointed with Bruce and his decision, but I trust no one is more upset in his actions than Bruce himself. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers fully support the policy on performance-enhancing drugs, and we trust Bruce will learn from his mistake moving forward.”
The CFL conducts random mandatory drug testing year-round on all players.
Winnipeg (8-6) hosts the B.C. Lions (9-4) on Saturday.