The Saskatchewan Roughriders' breakout star from last season's playoffs is in some hot water with the Canadian Football League.
Running back Marcus Thigpen was handed a two-game suspension on Monday for violating the CFL/CFLPA's policy against performance enhancing drugs.
“We are disappointed in Marcus and that he has tested positive for a banned substance,” stated Riders general manager and head coach Chris Jones in a media release on Monday. “We have been in conversation with Marcus and the CFL for clarity and accept the leagues decision and corresponding two-game suspension. Our organization fully supports the CFL/CFLPA policy preventing the use of performance-enhancing drugs.”
The positive test came from a sample collected during a random in-competition test last November.
Thigpen is the second Rider to be busted for performance enhancing drugs after offensive lineman Bruce Campbell was given a two-game suspension in January.
Thigpen broke out with 169 rushing yards and one touchdown in the Riders’ 31-20 win over the Ottawa Redlbacks in the Eastern Semi-Final.