TORONTO (December 19, 2016) – Saskatchewan Roughrider linebacker Marvin Golding has been suspended for two games after testing positive for a banned substance (dehydrochlormethyltestosterone), under the drug policy of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA).
Golding’s suspension will come into effect once he is next eligible to play a regular season game.
The CFL and CFLPA announced expanded testing for performance enhancing drugs in April, ahead of the 2016 season.
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 regular season or playoff 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.
Statement from Riders linebacker Marvin Golding:
I would like to apologize to my family, friends and most importantly the Saskatchewan Roughriders organization. They have given me an opportunity to play professional football and I disappointed them by taking a banned substance. I take full responsibility for my actions and accept my suspension delivered by the Canadian Football League. Lastly I would like to apologize to the young athletes that look up to us and have aspirations of playing professional sports. I promise to be a better role model moving forward.
Statement from Riders General Manager and Head Coach Chris Jones:
We were extremely disappointed to learn that Marvin had committed a violation regarding a banned substance found during a random test. Marvin has taken full responsibility for his actions and we believe he will take the necessary steps to ensure this does not happen again. As an organization we support the policy to prevent the use of performance enhancing drugs set forth by the CFL and CFLPA in order to improve player safety and create a level playing field among athletes.