TORONTO – Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Marvin Golding has been suspended two games after testing positive for a banned substance, the CFL announced Monday.
Golding tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT), a banned substance under the drug policy of the CFL and the Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA).
The league and the players’ association announced expanded testing for performance enhancing drugs back 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 games. It is up to their Club to determine whether that player can participate in other team activities, such as practices and meetings.
Golding, 24, played in eight games for the Riders in 2016, contributing one special teams tackle.
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 per cent of the players in the CFL.
Random testing is ongoing and is conducted year round.