Riders’ Marcus Thigpen suspended for positive banned substance test

Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Marcus Thigpen has been suspended for two-games after testing positive for a banned substance (Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone), under the drug policy of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA).

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 or post-season games. It is up to the Club to determine whether that player can participate in other team activities, such as minicamp, training camp, practices and meetings. Thigpen will be eligible to take part in pre-season games.

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.

Thigpen is the second Riders-related player to test positive for a banned substance this off-season after offensive lineman Bruce Campbell was caught in January.


85 Comments on Riders’ Marcus Thigpen suspended for positive banned substance test

  1. GnarlyRider // March 12, 2018 at 12:12 pm //

    Stupid, stupid, stupid. Guys should know what they are putting in their bodies.

    • SupaFlea // March 12, 2018 at 1:21 pm //

      Hahaha…hes been gone for a min b4 he came back…but Canadians have been on juice to make it and b4 last CBA no testing!

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  2. Tiger man // March 12, 2018 at 12:15 pm //

    Not at all surprised.

    Part of the cheating legacy with that franchise.

    • Jeff Garcia's Agent // March 12, 2018 at 12:23 pm //

      Eat s#!t loser. There is zero evidence the Riders had anything to do with it. In fact, it’s highly more likely(much, much more likely) that it was something he took in preparation for his CFL comeback attempt.

      Go sign your cocky, girlfriend beating, drunk, NFL cast off as your back up quarterback.

      • Provemewrong // March 12, 2018 at 1:55 pm //

        Jeff’s agent. You should be banned from this sight.

        • Jeff Garcia's Agent // March 12, 2018 at 2:36 pm //

          Report me then. My comments are rarely as ignorant, ill informed and fabricated as most people on this site.

      • George Porge // March 12, 2018 at 4:15 pm //

        Wow. Edgy. Did a cat piss on your vintage collector’s edition box of Fantuz Flakes this morning or something?

      • Tiger man // March 13, 2018 at 7:23 am //

        Funny, none of this happened when he played in Hamilton or came to light during his time in the NFL…BUT suddenly it happens in Regina…

        Can’t discuss things like a civilized human being…just like a punk kid…

        come back when you’re prepared to behave like an adult…judging by your response…that will likely be NEVER…

    • This from a guy whose team employs Eric Tillman and recently tried to hire Art Briles.

      Thigpen was signed unexpectedly and then was put almost immediately into the lineup. He did well because he’d been training hard for some competitive senior track competitions, and my guess is that he didn’t have all his supplements sorted out for pro football at that time.

      • Blue rules // March 12, 2018 at 12:56 pm //

        Hmmmm, because the senior track competitions welcomes these type of performance enhancing drugs?

        • I don’t know anything really about this drug. Maybe it’s banned by some sports and not others? I believe it takes a while for most of these drugs to work, to build up the mussel mass, and he was signed near the end of the season, so that’s why I’m thinking it may be related to what he was doing before.

          • greenenvy? // March 12, 2018 at 1:18 pm //

            Really?? Stop being the apologist for your team all the time. Players & their agents should be aware of what’s banned or not. I am not saying this is a Rider problem but can you reallly afford having Campbell, if signed, Thigpen & maybe Carter on the bench 2 days? Not sure about the CFL but in the NFL the players were told that, regardless if they are caught with weed in a state where it’s legal, NFL rules list it as a prohibited drug & thus incurs a suspension. If that’s the case here then, guilty or not, Duron may be sitting out as well.

          • Rocky Mountain High // March 12, 2018 at 1:21 pm //

            RDF. I bet most sea food restaurants would love this stuff. Increasing their mussel (muscle) mass will surely increase profits! 😉

          • Ha ha! You got me! Darn auto correct!

      • Tillman must’ve been scouting his next victim as he was at the Regina lady Cougars semi final game on Saturday.

      • Rocky Mountain High // March 12, 2018 at 9:41 pm //

        I can tell you an incident involving Chris Jones late one light in a Calgary Earls but I won’t

  3. Rocky Mountain High // March 12, 2018 at 12:21 pm //

    Oh wow. That’s 2 this off season alone, plus Carter still has court dates. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Not a good situation for a team that already has the suspicious eye of many already on them.

  4. What the article above doesn’t make clear is when was the testing done?

    Is this result (months later) from testing done during the season, or was Thigpen in Regina recently and asked to provide a sample?

    As for the surprise level, I often wonder what the results would be if all employees (office workers, factory, trades, government, politicians, etc.) were subject to random drug testing.

    Would the Prime Minister pass a test today, or is he (as is sometimes rumoured) regularly taking a few puffs (prior to the upcoming legislation)?

    Just something to think about.

    • greenrider89 // March 12, 2018 at 1:14 pm //

      Believe the PM took a few of his samples on the family trip to India.

    • The other article that quotes Jones says the sample is from random testing in Nov 2017.

      It is not clear when the positive came back and what, if any backup samples were tested to confirm the result.

    • Trudork isn’t in Canada long enough to get tested tc63

  5. Rider4life // March 12, 2018 at 12:45 pm //

    Hey tiger man or woman or is it tiger people lol wasn’t this drug used by your glamour blue jays players and caught cheating in 2016 and the player got 80 games suspended. Wow what a cheating franchise from the east. This drug been around since the 60s and used by alot of MLB players. As for Carter he’s went to court on his charges and bk playing in training camp so know your facts before beefing off.

    • Blue rules // March 12, 2018 at 1:02 pm //

      Regardless if “he’s went” to court or not he is allowed to attend training camp. Any suspension would be applied to regular & post season games.

      • greenenvy? // March 12, 2018 at 1:21 pm //

        OOH. That makes it all OK then. Missing games doesn’t hurt the team.

        • Take this // March 12, 2018 at 3:35 pm //

          Carter has not been to court. Apparently his first court date was postponed and his second court date for the Saskatoon charge is also still coming up.

          • Rocky Mountain High // March 12, 2018 at 4:14 pm //

            He’s suppposed to be in court today for the Winnipeg charge. Been delayed twice. That tells me something serious is happening

          • RMH – Thanks for the update Matlock

    • Tiger man // March 13, 2018 at 7:26 am //

      That’s baseball and this is a FOOTBALL forum….try to keep up with the rest of us….

  6. Did he take something else and it had a banned substance in it?

  7. nothing worse than a cheater….all of their achievements are made null and void

  8. Didn’t speedy banks test positive for a recreational drug 2 seasons ago? It has nothing to do with the organization so eat crow and post something useful.

  9. greenrider89 // March 12, 2018 at 1:08 pm //

    Very disappointing regarding Thigpen. Obviously, he knows better, but still abused the ethics and policies of the league. Let this be said, that’s not at all on the Rider organization or Chris Jones. And to those that blame the Roughriders, shame on you!!!

  10. Rocky Mountain High // March 12, 2018 at 1:09 pm //

    I’m hearing a lot of “everyone else is doing it to” from ridernation
    That is never an excuse. 2 wrongs don’t make a right

  11. Blue rules // March 12, 2018 at 2:18 pm //

    89, you are a refreshing change from the majority of Rider’s fan posts, one of the few who will lay blame where blame lies.

  12. Wow. Lots of mean spirited gratuitously nasty posts here. Happy that the CFL drug testing regime has some teeth. Clean athletes should not have to compete with others that risk their long term health for a short term edge. That’s the whole point. Hope that Thigpen learns his lesson and puts his health first. He is an exciting player.

  13. Mike Robinson // March 12, 2018 at 2:39 pm //

    Make no mistake, this is an anobolic steroid we’re talking about here, not something you buy over the counter at the pharmacy. He knew what it was and knew what he was trying to do if he took it.
    Looks like we have a culture of cheating here ala New England Patriots. Is Jones another Belacheat in the making?

  14. Blue rules // March 12, 2018 at 3:00 pm //

    Green is the colour. Football is the game. We all toke together getting high is our aim…..
    Comon, yall know the words sing with me…..

    • Rocky Mountain High // March 12, 2018 at 4:12 pm //


      • Rocky Mountain High..That name must either be a sign what you’re smoking.. Or the fact your head is so far up your A$$ its as tall as the Rocky Mountains.

  15. LMAO! I love all the hate coming from the posters. Obviously the rest of the league is scared of the Riders now. You ALL know this team is a legitimate Grey cup team.. and with that thought. It scares the poopy out of your little bums. It’s okay, we as the Saskatchewan people have been battling the all the naysayers all of these years, We shall continue to do so now. These belittling remarks mean nothing coming from a bunch of armchair warriors. The chances of you guys saying anything to a true riders fans face will never happen(I’d love to personally see it). Keep trolling on the internet, Rider haters. Until your teams can compete with this fan base.. All of the it is just jealous, verbal diarrhea. It’s okay, some day you guys will get a hug. 🙂

    • George Porge // March 12, 2018 at 4:20 pm //

      Not sure how you interpret these comments as other teams being scared, Robbie. Kind of hard to be scared of a team who has been forced to bench half of its starting roster for various off-season reasons.

      • Bench half of the starting roster you say? Well isn’t that just a giant exaggeration if I’ve ever seen. We are literally talking about Thigpen.. who already was in tough at camp with the amount of capable backs we already have, then the Bruce Campbell incident(which I must remind you, is not currently on the Riders active roster) and the Duron Carter debacle. Which i’m not going to lie is stupid on his part. But lets be real, its weed. Who cares in this day and age. Well besides the old timers that firmly believe its worse than hard drugs/alcohol.But they are pretty much out to pasture already. Time are changing in that regard.

        The hate sure has increased after our loss in the Eastern Final. 30 seconds away from being in the Cup. It would strike some fear in other fans eyes, does it not? Judging by the increase, I’d have to firmly believe it has. Again I will bring up the simple fact that all of these armchair warriors wouldn’t want to talk badly in person with the Wiley rednecks from Sask, there is good reason for it.

        • greenenvy? // March 12, 2018 at 5:41 pm //

          Why let facts get in the way of the party line. The Riders didn’t play for 57 minutes of that Eastern Final. They were just plain BAD. They weren’t 30 seconds away from the Cup because the Argos were leading with 30 seconds left & the Riders did mothing with it. The Argos played to the end. The Riders didn’t. It’s called a choke. Rider Nation likes to use it with Calgary but is in complete denial when their team does it. It’s not a choke, it’s a fictional trip to the Grey Cup to hang up on Mosaic with all the January Grey Cup banners.

          • Well why not inform us on which team you cheer for? Maybe I can get the facts straightened out for your team. I would guess youre a stump fan.. but I don’t like making assumptions. I’ll wait for the response. If you can actually pull your head from under that paper bag.
            For a team that wasn’t supposed to make it past Ottawa “apparently”, Destroyed them on their home turf and then went into Toronto and almost came away with that game. Not to shabby for a team that was a lowly 4th place in the west eh? I’d say a better job then the 2nd and 3rd place teams. All of that without a QB. Now that we have a Veteran in Collaros, look out. I’m sure he’s happy to get away from that mess you call Kent Austin.. Talk about a guy running a team into the ground.

          • George Porge // March 12, 2018 at 6:38 pm //

            RobE looking for the ol’ “whaddaboutyourloserteam” hook, I see. Kind of hard to pull that one when you don’t know what team the other guy cheers for, so you have to settle with spinning narratives.

            Like your “almost made it to Grey Cup game” narrative. You know, the one where you try to convince people that your team, who never had a lead the entire game, was “thirty seconds away” from winning.

          • Georgie Well it’s funny you don’t mention it. Are you afraid of the skeletons that are in the closet. It’s okay if you are… I just didn’t know cfl fans can dish crap out, but are too yellow to take it. Once you put your big boy pants on, come talk to me. 🙂

          • Rocky Mountain High // March 12, 2018 at 10:41 pm //

            WELL SAID GREENENVY!!!!!!
            BANG ON

          • George Porge // March 13, 2018 at 12:48 am //

            I didn’t think I’d have to mention it, RobE. I’ve always been clear that I’m a Stampeders fan. You weren’t asking me what team I cheer for, you were asking greenenvy. I’m not sure where you think I haven’t been able to take whatever weaksauce you’ve been dishing out. It’s you and your cohorts that have been going off the deep end lately.

        • Rocky Mountain High // March 12, 2018 at 6:15 pm //

          Congratulations, The riders were gifted an eastern playoff spot and beat a sub .500 team in the semi. WOW what an accomplishment!!!!!!!!!

          • Wow, you much not watch a lot of football.. You mean at that time the defending Grey Cup champs, that in fact defeated Calgary for the Grey Cup. Then we lost to the Team, that just so happens to be the grey cup champs this year. That you guessed it, beat the Calgary Stampeders. Please do explain to me where this information is miscued? Judging by your comments, you must not a have a very high IQ, so I will let some of this non sense slide. It’s okay little guy(pats you on the back), you will prove me one of these days.

          • George Porge // March 12, 2018 at 6:40 pm //

            If you’ll recall, nobody considered it much of a feat to beat the reigning Grey Cup champs in 2014, either.

        • Rocky Mountain High // March 12, 2018 at 6:38 pm //

          The riders shouldn’t have been in the playoffs. 4th in the west should send you home early to put up your Christmas decorations. Had riders managed 3rd, they would have been annihilated by Winnipeg or Edmonton in the WSF.
          You forget that Calgary had to play Edmonton to get to Cup, Toronto was unchalleged

          • I would love to have what you are smoking Rocky Mountain. Under that same context, if there wasn’t divisions. We would be 4th overall in the league. The fact there was a crossover is not a problem of ours. We had to go on the road to win these games. While we would have had a home playoff game with out the divisions. Opinions are like a$$holes.. everyone has one.

          • Jeremiah was a Bull Frog // March 12, 2018 at 9:20 pm //

            Rocky you are high man. The Bombers were not going to beat anybody in the playoffs. So nice try.
            Why can’t a simpleton like you figure out the the Riders and Toronto were a 3rd and 5 away from SK going to the Grey Cup. Argos got the 1st down they win and they go out to win the Grey Cup. Or did you forget that. If SK stops Toronto and gets to the Grey Cup. They too could have won as they beat Calgary a few weeks before.
            Time to wake up and pay attention. There is a playoff format. Whether you like the format or not is as irrelevant as you are. The format is the format. Live with it dork.

        • Rocky Mountain High // March 12, 2018 at 10:47 pm //

          It amazes me how riderfans discard the Carter issue. This guy continues to do very dumb things and you just say.. “its only weed, who cares”
          He also lied to Jones by not telling him of the initial charge when he signed his new contract and took a $70,000.00 bonus.
          None of this concerns you?
          Jones invests alot of time in this guys and he continues to be immature and disrespectful. As long as he can pick off Bo once right???

    • Johnny Blumpkin // March 12, 2018 at 4:50 pm //

      Yeah, nobody is scared of the Roiders or their inbred army of deluded homer fans.

      • LMAO! Okay there Tough guy. Easy now. I don’t want to pull you finger muscles typing that.

  16. Rocky Mountain High // March 12, 2018 at 4:19 pm //

    Last year. Roy Finch was suspended for taking a prescribed drug for A.D.D. It wasn’t illegal had he reported it to the league. That was his mistake.
    Riderfans lost their minds over it!!! Now that a clear violation with no excuse has been committed in sask, rider fans think we should just all forget about it.

    • George Porge // March 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm //

      Heh – A couple of Rider fans have been trying to dig as much dirt as possible to redirect. All they can seem to find is a drug charge that didn’t even get past the first review by the DA, and a player who failed to file some paperwork.

  17. Jeff Dummy Stump // March 12, 2018 at 4:33 pm //

    All these comments are fricken entertaining. Bring on June!!!

  18. wild willy // March 12, 2018 at 5:45 pm //

    take a pill everyone and relax, thigpen probably won,t even make the riders this year with the other running backs the riders already have, so he likely won,t even be in the league this year at his age.

  19. 3rd and 1 // March 12, 2018 at 6:11 pm //

    Sorry Willy Thigpen is still an all star RB. If he took roids to get over something he will be a starter. If he took roids the whole season then he’s done. As he will be checked often now.

  20. Pennyrocker // March 12, 2018 at 7:20 pm //

    As a Rider fan if Thigpen is guilt of taking ban drugs then he should accept his punishment like a man. No need to take drugs to enhance your ability and besides it may bite you in the ass in the long run.

  21. Cheaters never prosper // March 12, 2018 at 7:49 pm //

    Thigpen was the star of the ESF. In other words, the only reason the riders won was because he was juiced up!
    For shame. Big black mark on the riders.

    • Lol we didn’t win any games without him eh? That’s some big black mark alright. Keep digging.

      • Rocky Mountain High // March 12, 2018 at 9:02 pm //

        6 of your 10 wins came against the weak east.
        Sorry your game plan in esf was to involve Thigpen, you did and it was successful because you cheated. Otherwise you would have lost that game against the sub .500 redblacks

      • The Riders were a decent team last year, but middle of the pack at best. Being “30 seconds” away from the Grey Cup may as well be 3000 seconds. Either you’re in or you’re not. Next you’ll be telling me there weren’t 13 men on the field in that night in Calgary. The Riders will contend in 2018, but don’t try and sell me on the fact that they “should have been there” last year.

  22. Pennyrocker // March 12, 2018 at 9:20 pm //

    Cheaters never prosper
    Glenn picked the RedBlacks apart there were more passes thrown than run plays. Therefore take your tail and yelp away like a wounded dog.

    • Rocky Mountain High // March 12, 2018 at 10:35 pm //

      lol rationalize all you want

    • Rocky Mountain High // March 13, 2018 at 12:29 am //

      Do you realize the irony of what you just said?
      Kevin Glenn picked the Redblacks apart, then you released him!
      That speaks to how bad the RedBlacks were and pretty much verifies the riders where given a velvet rug path in the playoffs.

  23. Riders defense will be on the field for 40 min a game with Collaros at QB he will be fumbling throwing plck 6 s so missing Thigpen and Carter won’t matter anyway

    • Lol TC GOLD. How was the whole team playing in the first half of the season under Kent Austin? Terribly, there was a reason for the turn around. You got the poison out of the locker room. That Kent Austin is a piece of work, I can’t wait until he’s gone after his contract is up. I’d say the CFL has had their fill with that guy. Now that teams know what June Jones is running and the fact they have more game film to run off of. Do you seriously think Masoli is your savior at QB? I sure as hell wouldn’t want him on my team. We have one guy like him already in Bridge. I hate that school yard type play.

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