Riders’ Chris Jones ‘disappointed’ in Marcus Thigpen’s positive drug test

Roughriders running back Marcus Thigpen was hit with a two-game ban for a positive drug test Monday.

The sample was collected during a random in-competition test last November.

Saskatchewan head coach Chris Jones provided a statement in the aftermath.

We are disappointed in Marcus and that he has tested positive for a banned substance. We have been in conversation with Marcus and the CFL for clarity and accept the league’s decision and corresponding two-game suspension. Our organization fully supports the CFL/CFLPA policy preventing the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Thigpen rushed for 169 yards and one touchdown in the Riders East semi-final victory over Ottawa when he came off his couch. There’s a 33 per cent chance that was the game Thigpen was pulled aside and tested as Saskatchewan played three November games.

The Riders signed Thigpen as a free agent in September and in November he extended with Saskatchewan through the 2018 season.


116 Comments on Riders’ Chris Jones ‘disappointed’ in Marcus Thigpen’s positive drug test

  1. Chris Jones is disappointed wink wink !

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  2. solara2000 // March 12, 2018 at 12:46 pm //

    Not a Riders fan, but why would you not take the coach at his word. Apart from the negative impacts -earnings, career etc – on the individual player, from a very practical perspective, player suspensions, unacceptable off-field behaviour, criminal charges all play havoc on the franchise’s reputation, credibility and performance as well as and casting a shadow on those associated with it,

    • Why wouldn’t they take Jones at his word? Eskimo fans feel jilted because Jones dumped them and too pretty much the whole coaching staff with him, and Stamps fans are panicking because the seen the Riders closing in on them, and they’re also generally a bit irritable because they have to deal with 5,000 Rider fans at every Rider game at McMahon, lol. And then there’s that whole choking in the last two GCs thing that may still be causing some of them to look for ways to vent. lol.

      • Johnny Blumpkin // March 12, 2018 at 4:36 pm //


        Nobody is scared of the cheating Roiders.

        • Do u have a team Johnny pump kin, or just hating on the Riders ? Can’t imagine any Rider fans on here are pleased with this result. If Campbell is signed we will be down 2 possibly 3 for 2 games – not a great start to a season. Stand by….there will be other teams down a player this year.

        • Lol…5000 Rider Fans…try $15,000+

      • George Porge // March 12, 2018 at 6:20 pm //

        Boy do you have the revisionist spin going hard today. Calgary fans’ hatred toward Jones started way back in his Toronto era, and Edmonton fans were already starting to feel embarrassed by his lack of class on the field when he was coaching the Esks. I know quite a few Edmonton fans, and few were surprised (and even fewer were disappointed) when Jones announced his intention to bolt after the 2015 season.

        Jones has always been about numero uno. You Rider fans who think that Jones’ word is worth anything haven’t been paying much attention over the past six seasons.

      • Nothing comes close to blowing a GC with 13 men on the field.

  3. And so it continues……Jones disappointed but does nothing.
    Where does he find all these guys….LOL

  4. The Sliders are turning into a team of DRUGGIES. I suppose this is understandable; after all one needs take to take some form of drugs to live on the flat lands of Sliderville. Moreover, Jones and the Sliders will embrace these drug users with open arms; while these drug users would be cut from other teams.

    • Funny isn’t it, coming from a Lions fan who’s team signed a sex predator. Wonder what’s next in bcville?

      • horseisback // March 12, 2018 at 2:32 pm //


      • The sexual predator that you are referring to was immediately cut from the team and is no longer a Lion whereas criminals continue to play for the Sliders…big difference in team ACCOUNTABILITY and team culture between the Lions and the Sliders.

        • Pardon me? What choice did the Lions have in this matter? You’ve got to be kidding me? Do you think the Lions or any team for that matter would harbour a predator? Your team has enough problems getting 10,000-plus screaming Lions fans inside your stadium. Furthermore, the CFL and Mr. Ambrosie already were dealing with this issue before Ed Hervey even had a say in the matter. No brainer at all with absolutely no choice. One of the worst, if possible, worst possible crimes committed an athlete could commit. And you have the audacity to say he was cut immediately? Please … .

          • As Edward Leslie and Rocky Mountain High note below (which bears repeating because your sorry brain can not comprehend the pathetically consistent history of Slider players who have been charged with criminal offences, as a result of criminal behaviour by Slider players, which has been condoned by the team, as well as past and present GM’s and coaches). Bruce Campbell, Duron Carter, Willie Jefferson, Makana Henry, Shaq Evans, Taylor Mays and now Marcus Thigpen have drug charges against them. Justin Cox, who was accused of battery while he played for the team. Also, the following Slider players were accused of Domestic Violence: Terrius George, Kory Sheets, Greg Hardy (Jones tried to sign him); and past players charged with assault while with the team: Dwight Andersen, Taj Smith.

          • You tell me, retard (rather pussycat fan), where sexual assault fits in Canadian law? Obviously, you don’t understand (or comprehend) the serious nature of sexual assault (or pretend not to). Why do you think the Winnipeg Blue Bombers released Cummings? Furthermore, why would the Edmonton Eskimos “also” release Cummings after an all-star season? Is it because your Pussy-Cats are that dense? I know the B.C. Pussy Cats really struggle with fan support, so I guess the team probably has to sign whatever they can muster. What a joke!!! And yes, you can call the green and white whatever you want, but your team (lol) remains the laughing stock for signing a player like Euclid Cummings. Kind of like the fan support of Pussy Cat fans (worst in the west). In fact, I’d be rather embarrassed to call myself a Pussy Cat fan for life. Wow!!!

    • Green is the Color // March 12, 2018 at 2:40 pm //

      Your hatred grows and your exaggerations continue. I guess your bitter and getting used to not being in the playoff again.

    • 3rd and 1 // March 12, 2018 at 2:44 pm //

      Hey lions fan. At least they men are hurting themselves. Seems the Lions like to hire sexual predators and try and sneak them on the team without notice. Then again what do you expect from an area that has predators living in a pig farm iright in the city.
      Time for the morons to back off. Or this awful ugly truth will keep coming.
      Also what kind of an imbecile calls a team the sliders when his team couldn’t even make the playoffs. I’ll tell you who… absolute idiots,that who!

    • Jones probably injected him

    • Ya…they could move to the land of weed and tree huggers where they load up on medication to help them get through the weeks of nothing but rain and gloom. Be taking even more with 150 (and rising) gas prices

    • 3rd and 1 // March 13, 2018 at 6:38 am //

      Good one lions fan. Your comment makes so much sense. Yup and the lions hire the worst of the bunch. Those who hurt others instead of them self.
      Take another trip over to East Hastings street not real far from BC Place stadium and remind us once again where the “real” drugs are.

  5. CHOKEPEDERS // March 12, 2018 at 12:55 pm //

    Maybe you will turn to Hastings St and need drugs this year when the lions finish last in the west for another year! Lmfao

  6. Ridersfan // March 12, 2018 at 1:10 pm //

    Yawn.. of course the “haters” come out of the woodwork as soon as something goes wrong in Riderville.. I’m sure Jones doesn’t condone these incidents, even though it is disappointing that it’s another Rider, it’s not like Chris Jones is in the background encouraging Thigpen to take the drugs! ..only the nut job haters will think that! “Oh I bet Jones was right there telling Marcus come on man take more and save some for me!” Pfft. Haters go away!..

    • Rocky Mountain High // March 12, 2018 at 1:24 pm //

      The reason Jones hires Steve Walsh was he needed that key “Miami connection” lol

    • Johnny Blumpkin // March 12, 2018 at 4:38 pm //

      Because this is the first thing to go wrong in Land of the Flatbillies…? LOL

  7. Rocky Mountain High // March 12, 2018 at 1:13 pm //

    Too bad his “Disappointments” can’t be converted to 1st downs. They’d win the cup for sure!
    I’m afraid Jones must start taking action on these ever growing matters, but I doubt he will. Remember he said without players of questionable characters, we wouldn’t have a league. That’s his attitude.

    • Ummm.. I’m pretty sure there was a recent BC contract that was voided because of very serious sexual assault case. I dunno if you read that or know anything about it? It sure seems like Ed Hervey’s start isn’t very “clean”. Should we start talking about Vancouver’s MAJOR drug problem? We can also start talking about other teams and their problems as well. But what the point, they can’t do no wrong right?

      • horseisback // March 12, 2018 at 2:35 pm //

        Vancouver’s drug problem is part of s societal issue. The riders is part of a team issue with a very easy solution. My God what a black eye!

        • And somehow Atheletes using performance enhancing drugs surprises you? This has nothing to do with the team…

          Shall we talk about that drug dealer Tommie Campbell literally running away from police(with a Stampeders backpack.. that contained crack cocaine and a large stash of cash) still was able play a full season. Hmm Black eye you say?

          • George Porge // March 12, 2018 at 3:56 pm //

            I’ll talk about Campbell’s backpack if you want. I gotta warn you, though. If you think comparing your now two players who have tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs to a player whose drug charges were dropped by the prosecutor within two weeks of those charges having been laid (despite all the hard evidence you seem to think they had), you may find yourself sorely disappointed.

          • Rocky Mountain High // March 12, 2018 at 5:30 pm //

            No charges were laid. Therefore as far as our society is concerned, that never happened. I know reality is a hard concept for riderfans howeveer!

  8. Rider lover // March 12, 2018 at 1:37 pm //

    Let’s face it- all teams in the CFL suck except for the Riders- and everyone knows it!!!! Go Riders!!!!’

  9. Lionsfan is just another horse in sheep’s clothing looking to rile people up.. looks like it’s working too.. smh

  10. Provemewrong // March 12, 2018 at 2:00 pm //

    Seems to be a trend has developed out in Gangrene-ville… I wonder who the next “oops” will come from on the team?

  11. Black and Gold // March 12, 2018 at 2:52 pm //

    Chris Belachek, oops I mean Jones!

  12. Rider4life // March 12, 2018 at 3:01 pm //

    This drug been around since the 60s and used in every sports as a couple of years ago a blue jays player was caught using it 80 games suspension. Alot of sports teams used it and other enhancing drugs some get caught some don’t. As for the lions for life you should try this one as it side effects grows hair on your body and DEEPENS YOUR VOICE LMFAO .As Maybe you go visit your sexual offender from your team and he might like you.

    • Black and Gold // March 13, 2018 at 8:45 am //

      That drug has also been banned for many years, so what is your point? Are the Riders caught in a time warp? Do you have hydro out there yet?

  13. Roiderville
    Roider nation

    bumkins are hilarious.

  14. Go Roiders!

    • Jeremiah was a Bullfrog // March 12, 2018 at 4:12 pm //

      Big Ed… the names says it all. The dude is compensating for some things that are not so big. We already know one is his brain. The other, well his girlfriend can fill you in. Cause he sure can’t fill her in. LOL

  15. Edward Leslie // March 12, 2018 at 3:22 pm //

    I just called the Saskatchewan Roughriders the scummiest team in the CFL last week. They are becoming the CFL’s version of the Portland Trail Blazers.
    Of their current roster, Bruce Campbell, Duron Carter, Willie Jefferson, Makana Henry, Shaq Evans, Taylor Mays and now Marcus Thigpen have drug charges against them. Plus the Riders released Justin Cox, who was accused of battery.
    Eight players?! From one team??! Geez. What’s going on Saskatchewan?

    • Rocky Mountain High // March 12, 2018 at 5:53 pm //

      It goes back further than that!
      Domestic Violence: Terrius George, Kory Sheets, Greg Hardy (jones tried to sign him)

      Assault: Dwight Andersen, Taj Smith

      and many others of sketchy pasts

    • You are so obsessed it’s comical. First let’s note that your team, the Eskimos, hired a GM who had just been convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage girl. Second, Campbell and Thigpen took PEDs, or at least banned substances. They aren’t facing “drug charges”. Third, Jefferson’s issue was pot back in college, but that didn’t stop the ESKIMOS from signing him. Yes, what you are quite comically leaving out here is that the Eskimos signed Jefferson BEFORE the Riders did. lol! Henry’s legal issues were loooong before he signed wit the Riders. If I combed through the ancient past of all the Eskimos players I’m sure I’d find lots of things too. I’ll stop here because this is not worth spending any more time on. Just one more thing, Adam Braidwood says hi!

  16. Take this // March 12, 2018 at 3:24 pm //

    Are there any Rider fans out there who do not specialize in name calling, ridicule and sarcasm? And you wonder why the fans of other teams hate you? The Rider fans on here all seem to be holier than thou embarrassing people.

    • Have you ever noticed that not ONE of these Situations are unprovoked by fans of other teams? That is why everyone loves Rider fans, they will not take crap from other teams fans and will stand up for their province and team when provoked to do so.

      • George Porge // March 12, 2018 at 4:46 pm //

        Right. Completely unprovoked. And I’m sure a Bomber fan slipped steroids into Thigpen’s Gatorade to boot, right?

      • Rocky Mountain High // March 12, 2018 at 5:55 pm //

        Saying riderfans won’t take shit means riderfans won’t accept reality

  17. George Porge // March 12, 2018 at 3:42 pm //

    3Down seems to be getting a lot of mileage from that same old “disappointed Jones” stock photo.

  18. If sample came from November 2017 WHY did it take 5 months to show the results? Not doubting the accuracy of the test but something needs to speed up the process of being clean or not clean as far as supplements are concerned. Happens in all pro sports unfortunately. Have seen NFL guys suspended for the ENTIRE SEASON.

    • George Porge // March 12, 2018 at 4:12 pm //

      I recall reading somewhere that most of the testing for high-performance athletes (professional, college, as well as olympic and other high-performance arenas) all go through a very small handful of labs. If that is true, then it would make sense that there would be a backup – especially if the NFL and CFL use the same labs (guess who probably gets the fast-track).

  19. Edward Leslie // March 12, 2018 at 6:10 pm //

    Rocky Mountain High:
    Yes, there have been others from before the Chris Jones era, but never such an assembly of villiany and infamy at one time! LOL
    What CFL follower could ever forget Trevis Smith, who was HIV positive, but didn’t share that information with the numerous women he infected.
    He was deported back to Alabama, but they should’ve locked him up and through away the damn key.
    Then there was Kennedy Nkeysen, who DID go to prison for assaulting a woman and making threats.
    I seem to recall hearing bad things about Curtis Mayfield back in the day too.
    If Johnny Manziel ever gets tired of blogging and making T-shirts, he should join Saskatchewan. They’d be a perfect match… like Bill & Hillary, Sonny & Cher and Assault & battery.

    • Rocky Mountain High // March 12, 2018 at 6:22 pm //

      lol excellent insite Edward.
      Lets not forget Vince Young was no angel, nor is Trent Richardson

      • FYI: “Insite” is a drug injection facility in Vancouver’s downtown East side that should also be established as a branch office at the Sliders new Stadium for use by all of the Sliders football team.

        • Lionsfan… That’s quite cute considering there will never be a place skeezier than Vancouver downtown. Also tell those 15,000 fans(or less) to enjoy the games this year. 🙂

        • Hey dense one (pussy cat fan), read the comment above.

  20. Blue rules // March 12, 2018 at 6:23 pm //

    Assault & battery was my favorite band while growing up, they had a lot of smash hits. Like their remaking of “Beat it”

  21. The more things change the more they stay the same in Saskatchewan.

  22. No wonder Jones tried to trade for Manziel, well until he found out the kid had cleaned up his act.

  23. Greenland // March 12, 2018 at 6:41 pm //

    When ever there’s a story on here about the Riders,I just sit back and wait for the Rider haters to comment. The more the better. No other team gets the interest that they do. Good news or bad, this team gets people talking. They really are Canada’s team.

  24. RMH – don’t think it’s necessary to start a pissing contest with which player did what with whatever team. Seems there was a natural blonde who played for the guys with the horse on their helmet (95-98) who did wrong.

  25. Edward Leslie // March 12, 2018 at 7:12 pm //

    Greenland, I DON’T hate Saskatchewan or the Roughriders. I don’t usually join in on all the bickering about rivalries. As an Eskimos fan, I don’t even hate Calgary. In fact Jon Cornish was my favourite player!
    However Saskatchewan fans shouldnt try and defend the indefensible. It’s a black eye to the Riders and CFL to have so many apparent creeps and drug users. I’d say the same thing if it was the Eakimos too.

  26. Pennyrocker // March 12, 2018 at 7:30 pm //

    Typical of how other teams support sex offenders. While going after the Riders to deflect comments about their team. Throw more dirt on the dirt farmer team.

  27. JoeSchmuck27 // March 12, 2018 at 7:34 pm //

    Basically riders fans are the biggest bunch of home-body losers in Canada. I mean who in their right mind would make the choice to live in a freezing and flat piece of the country? USA should have taken SK when the border lines were made up. As for me, I have to get back to my very happy and productive life here in Toronto. Something riders fans only wish they could do! 🙂

    • JS27 – Rather be hit by a Soviet satellite than live in the center of the universe. Oh…by the way – not all Rider fans live in Saskatchewan. I’ll let you go crawl back on your bandwagon, and good luck this year.

    • Greenland // March 12, 2018 at 8:08 pm //

      Actually Schmuck I doubt your life is happy and productive.I have found that people who try to belittle others are usually lacking something in their lives.

    • Hey Schmucky enjoy that terrible Liberal government turning that place into a 3rd world country. Keep pulling more money from the hard working backs from west. Can you afford to pay for hydro or groceries? Lol what a joke of Province.

    • greenrider89 // March 16, 2018 at 11:04 pm //

      Actually, Schmuck from Toronto, funny that you mention the Saskatchewan Roughriders under your rancid breath. Really, you’re stuck between a rock and a hard spot. Toronto (or TO) has the greatest fair-weather fans probably in North America. You American wanna-bees pretend to want an NFL franchise in the worst way (ask Rogers Communications all about that since Ted isn’t around), but you rank at the bottom in CFL attendance for the last number of years. (Spoiled little brats that you are.) Problem is: Americans don’t want you and neither does Canada. All you have to do is look at the loser Leafs for ineptitude (50 years and counting). Really funny that you’re one to talk and put two cents in. I just raised it a nickel. Too bad I didn’t see your funny comments before, Mr. Schmuck from the sticks (LOL).

  28. Greenland // March 12, 2018 at 7:59 pm //

    Well Edward I’m glad you don’t hate the Riders. But when you make comments like creeps and drug users on the Riders , you make it sound like their using heroin and chasing women and children around town.Im certainly not defending them,but honestly I do not see this to be as a big a deal as some are making it out to be.

  29. All those Rider drugs might help them get out of the Left Division, but it ain’t enough to win a playoff game in the East. It’s fun watching their fans though, looking at all the big buildings and trying to find the top of the CN Tower.

    • Did they not win the Eastern Semi Final last year?? They weren’t looking around at the tall buildings or the CN tower, they were looking for the rest of the so called professional football stadium. They couldn’t believe that what they were seeing is actually where the Eastern final was going to be played.

  30. Craig Gustafson // March 12, 2018 at 8:09 pm //

    I would never trade living in Saskatchewan for living in Toronto, but I was born and raised in small town Saskatchewan, so I am very biased.

    I am a long time supporter of the Riders, and I have to admit that I am tired of the Riders being linked to this type of story. I do not have the answer, but something needs to change.

  31. Rocky Mountain High-
    You either have a great memory or you’re making half this stuff up. Either way your memory is VERY selective. Terrius George, and Dwight Andersen were Stampeders before they were Riders. And as far as thug life goes, the Stamps must be the champs. You’ve got at least one murderer in Anthony McClanahan, and the overall thug life award might well go to Lawrence Phillips, who died in jail while serving a 30 year prison term.

    • Rocky Mountain High // March 12, 2018 at 9:15 pm //

      Your memory is selective too. McClanahan was with the riders!!!! One of may Calgary throw aways the riders sadly take in a desperate, pathetic attempt to gain our success….. I digress.
      Andersen and George were given the Calgary boot prior to their indiscretion. Mcclanhan charge was last year…. 20 years after his playing days! I guess we should blame the Bills for OJ’s murders too????——-Sorry try again

      • You’re very quiet on Lawrence Phillips aren’t you? I’m also remembering Roy Finch and Quinn Smith, who both violated the substance abuse policy in the last two years. Quinn’s case is especially notable because he was suspended for three games, because he was a TWO TIME OFFENDER. Getting caught once is bad, but mistakes happen. Twice, however, and you’d expect that he’d be gone, but not with the Stamps! Huff welcomed him back. I can just imagine what Huff must have said to him:

        We Stampeders,
        Are thugs and cheaters,
        So you are welcome here my son!

        It’s the Stamps way!

        • Rocky Mountain High // March 12, 2018 at 10:01 pm //

          Yeah Philips granted. That was under the feterik Regime

          Finch, was a prescribed drug, he just failed to report it to the league, still on it and the league is A OK with it.
          Smith…..thats 1 to your 6 or 7

          • Oh my! You seem to be having trouble with the math now! Did Finch break the rule? YES! The same thing could have happened with Campbell or Thigpen. We don’t know. And how many times did Smith break the rule? TWICE! He is a REPEAT OFFENDER! I know this is tough for Stamps fans but 1+2=3. Now for the Riders: Campbell + Thigpen = 2, and no repeat offenders! Also 3 > 2!

        • Rocky Mountain High // March 13, 2018 at 12:11 am //

          See your cute little rhyme makes no sense. There are far more riders who have done things in recent time, including a coach who has been fined for cheating, multiple times!!
          How silly you look!
          By saying this you have further discredited yourself and your cause.

          • Keep digging, and flinging! Maybe someday something will stick! FAR more Stampeders have had serous past and current issues than Riders. Unlike you I don’t keep track of these things, but just off the top of my head:
            Joffrey Reynolds

            Juwan Simpson
            At Alabama he was arrested for, “marijuana possession, carrying a firearm without a license and receiving stolen property.”

            The Riders would never bring in a player with a past like this, at least not after Tillman’s time. He brought in some doozies, but Huff brings in guys like this regularly.

            To be a bit serious for a moment, I don’t actually have a problem with Huff bringing in players like this as long as he’s done his homework and is convinced the player has changed his ways and is now on the straight and narrow, but it’s more than a little rich to see people like you popping a blood vessel over Jones bringing in someone who had some a pot or PED issue in his past when Huff brings in players with weapons and stolen property charges.

        • Rocky Mountain High // March 13, 2018 at 11:09 am //

          Good one!
          We point our several rider players and you can only name 2 stamps and one of those doesn’t count, Renyold’s problems occurred after his days with the stamps.
          Try again

  32. Hmmm…why can’t we all just get along 🙂

  33. The Realist. // March 12, 2018 at 9:31 pm //

    Did anyone think Thigpen could sit as long as he did then return to form as quick as he did without juice in his system?
    Chris Jones feigning surprise is an insult to everybody.

    • He was competing in some kind of fairly high level senior track league, and he was training with college coaches, so he was training hard and in shape.

  34. This is a CFL issue not a Rider or Thigpen issue. Take the 2 games, Marcus and then come back to light it up.

  35. All you children bickering is a joke. Time for you all to quit calling each other names and grow the F up. Now my question is, why only 2 games? Track & Field athletes get a 2 year ban, MLB get 50 games. CFL needs to get serious and increase their punishment to clean this problem up. I think at a minimum he should be banned for the season.

    • I think the 4 stage progression is acceptable at this point given the amount of games played. Maybe drop it to a three strike clause ?? Of course that’s just my 2 cents plus tax.

  36. I’ve got a feeling that Chris Jones, despite his handsome salary, is getting sick and tired of rider nation himself. Who can blame him. Join the club.

  37. Pennyrocker // March 12, 2018 at 11:47 pm //

    Chris Jones has everything he needs and he is responsible for the hiring and firing of the players. He has no control over what the players do personally in their off time from the field. Carter Campbell and Thigpen have been a let down. They all have great talent and are hired for their talent. This makes Jones look bad because other hold him responsible.

  38. greenenvy? // March 13, 2018 at 1:31 am //

    RFD, why bring up the Jefferson signing in Edmonton? Aren’t you always yakking aboutt how Jones “discovered” Jefferson? Looks liike you finally agree Willie was brought to Edmonton by Hervey. As for the Eskimos & Stamps envying the Riders. why is it then Jones keeps signing, or trying to, ex Esks like Franklin, Bowman & castoffs from both Alberta clubs like Messam, Hughes, Coleman, Steele…… They don’t need Rider castoffs but you sure do grab theirs. So who envies who, hmmmm?

  39. Tiger man // March 13, 2018 at 7:32 am //

    A master cheater in Chris Jones is disappointed in one of his players caught cheating….oh wait…there’s two…

    Hypocracy alert!!!!!

  40. Margaret Marshall // March 13, 2018 at 11:39 am //

    Shitkabibble Marcus got caught with the goods in his system. Riders are the sum of many parts including thigpen. He made some choices that hurt the team and league not mentioning himself. Every team will have these issues sooner or later as players are going to do things legal and illegal to succeed. No need to play holier than thou. Thigpen will have to pay the piper and so he should. Alas he won’t be the only one. I think that it is good when we don’t hear about players. Maybe they are doing their job the right way

  41. Bombs away // March 13, 2018 at 4:16 pm //

    You are right! People pile on the Riders every time something there’s a screw up. However, don’t blade the people for pilling on all the times because they have one screw up after another. Some will even do it twice to make sure the week is covered.

    • Tiger man // March 14, 2018 at 8:14 am //

      Fans are “piling on” because the pile is so big…

      You have 3 players currently on drug charges…a number who have or will have court appearances to make..and a coach who has been reprimanded by the league for illegal activities….

      Look around …what other team in this league is experiencing the same???


      • Let’s all take a look in our own back yards Tiger man. Speedy B has been caught taking an enhancement. A drug known as “speed” on the street. So his speed with his legs all these years may have been phoney. What about TiCats receiver Mike Jones. He was just busted a few Months ago.
        The Calgary Stampeders had a friken hi ranked Rookie busted. Quinn Smith.
        I can keep going and going. Plus the sickening amount of pot smoking fans busting on this article. The fact is this.
        We are not picking in this because of the amount of players. 2 with Roids and one with Pot. Big Deal. Many more are going to come because the league is just really starting the proper testing. Teams playing in November were targeted.
        The reason people are piling on is SK crawled out of a 2 year slump in 2017. Had they had an accurate kicker the 1st half of the season. The Riders would have been in second in the league. As Thier kicker Crapigna really did play like crap and missed 2 last second field goals 45 yards and less. As well as a few field goals in another game. Yet the Riders still end up with 10 wins.
        Whether any of the competing fans including me agrees or not. They are coming on hard and strong. They have the largest fan base and the most popular team. We seem to be drawn to their articles like a friggen cult.
        I agree with words like concern, jealousy, unbelievable as a small Provincial team with only a Million people are not having to steal anything to get to their strong positioning. We gladly follow them and give it to them freely. Sure we also Give them all the ridicule. That just seems to make them stronger.
        If Zack Collaros finds his legs and I believe he will. Any intelligent Cat fan thinks that as well. Last year was Austin and the whole team. Not Zack. Combine Collaros with Brandon Bridge as well as the other additions they have made will probably see them competing at the highest level of the CFL with maybe a couple other teams.
        Their fans that were picked on for so many years during the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s have fed their now children with all the negative info. Because of what we have done to that franchise they crawled out of the basement and fed in the sunshine and now lead in many areas of having a CFL franchise. The current fans are now firing back and no one likes it. It’s like the more they are disrespected the stronger that franchise becomes.
        Even I see the constants like BC fan and Lions Fan and a couple other that spit fire and venom at them on every article. They seem to have an invisible shield that allows that negative energy to bounce right back at the negative poster and his team.
        My suggestion is back off because if this green fan base wins the GC this year and they have a better chance than most and as good as any. They are going to crush those who live life so ugly like.

        • CFL fan, I couldn’t agree more with what you’ve said. And I absolutely appreciate the sound write up. I’m one of those that really gets fed up and rather tired with some of these jealous naysayers. Being one of those fans that actually witnessed the Ronnie/George years in the early ’70’s where we once were feared and despised across the league and formerly known as the Jolly Green Giants until age and retirements caught up to my team. Now, for nearly 30 years except for an exciting title in ’89 (as my name), we were the yearly doormats of football and received many a tiring joke from rival fans across the league (even to this day as you graciously mentioned). It’s nice, now, as a middle-aged person with a special lady-friend — that we make a game-day trek of 500 miles return as season-ticket holders — to witness a changing of the guard with the younger green-clad generation taking on such a special interest in the Roughriders. It’s something that I never expected to see in my day as a Rider fan, but I can state the proud feeling with the young generation at New Mosaic (and elsewhere) that, “Win or lose, Rider Nation will always be loud and proud.” And it’s great to hear your viewpoints as a fan of the CFL. Kudos to you, CFL Fan, for your thoughts on Rider Nation.

  42. Who are the 3?????

  43. Well??????????????? Who are they????

  44. Since you don’t have an answer to that, since it’s not true let’s answer your question of which other team is experiencing the same. The 2 faces of the Ticats. One person who was run out of Sask for behavior deemed unacceptable in these parts, being welcomed with open arms by the Cats, their starting Q.B. who has burglary, obstruction of justice, driving while suspended, fleeing police and guess what? DRUG possession charges all within 6 months of each other. Then there is the fact that the league had to step in and veto not one but 2 signings the Cats would have gone through with in Briles and Manziel, 2 of the upstanding citizens in our society, thank goodness for the league interfering with this. Then there is their top receiver (heh heh heh, funny to have to say that is the best they have) Pokey Banks as mentioned above. Do you never tire of being proven wrong and intellectually owned on public forums for all to see. You are bringing a lob wedge to a long drive competition sonny.

  45. Tiger man // March 15, 2018 at 2:49 pm //

    But Thigpen never had a history of drug cheating until he got to Regina ….

    And Masoli has been an fine citizen since he’s been in Hamilton…

    Manziel hasn’t signed …not a Tiger cat…but please do exaggerate…

    And what about all the violations that Jones has had since his arrival in Regina…so bad the commissioner had to step in…

    And let’s not forget all the salary cap violations of this greenie team ….more than any other in this league….

    Like I said …a big pile…

    • greenrider89 // March 16, 2018 at 11:09 pm //

      By the way, who was the Assistant Coach from Baylor that the Tabbies so desperately wanted that raised a firestorm across Canada for two weeks last season before he was let go by the club? Wasn’t he the one that was fired by Baylor because of all the sexual assault allegations against his football team? Nothing worse than that, really, Tiger Man. And this coming from a Rider fan that always looked up to the Tiger Cats in a good way.

  46. There was no drug testing when Thigpen played before coming to Sask.

    Masoli hasn’t been caught doing anything I’ll give you that.

    Manziel was offered a contract by the Cats. They want him bad and will take him if he agrees to their offer.

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