Bombers DB Johnson to miss two games after anti-doping violation
Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Bruce Johnson (25) strips the ball from the hands of Saskatchewan Roughriders' Ricky Collins Jr. (3) during first half CFL Banjo Bowl action, in Winnipeg on September 10, 2016. Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back Bruce Johnson has been suspended for two games due to an anti-doping violation. Johnson tested positive for the banned stimulant Methylenedioxyamphetamine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
October 07, 2016 - 1:08 PM
Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back Bruce Johnson has been suspended for two games due to an anti-doping violation.
Johnson tested positive for the banned stimulant Methylenedioxyamphetamine.
He was given two games for his first offence.
"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."
The CFL and the league's players' association announced expanded testing for performance-enhancing drugs in April, ahead of the 2016 season.
A second violation means a nine-game suspension. A third violation is a year's suspension, with a lifetime ban for a fourth violation.
"We are disappointed with Bruce and his decision, but I trust no one is more upset in his actions than Bruce himself," said Bombers general manager Kyle Walters. "The Winnipeg Blue Bombers fully support the policy on performance enhancing drugs, and we trust Bruce will learn from his mistake moving forward."
Winnipeg (8-6) hosts the B.C. Lions (9-4) on Saturday.
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