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CFL ends partnership with Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports
By Staff 11/06/2015
The CFL has a drug policy, but in one of new commissioner Jeffrey Orridge’s first acts since taking office, the league no longer has a partner to administer it.
In a letter to the league’s governors, obtained by the Free Press, Orridge cites a breach of trust as the basis for ending the league’s relationship with the Canadian Centre of Ethics in Sports.
The league’s drug policy has come under fire of late and, despite Orridge, who has been on the job for all of six weeks, pledging to make "a good policy better," there has been criticism in the media from the league’s partner.
"Regrettably, I must inform you that an organization we must be able to rely on to help us implement our policy and advise its evolution has chosen to dishonour our binding agreement and breached our trust," said Orridge, in a letter informing the leagues’ governors of his decision. "The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, our partner in this mission by contract, has retained a lab as its agent to provide testing services. This lab is led by Christiane Ayotte and, in recent days, Ms. Ayotte has repeatedly and unfairly attacked the CFL in the media.
"Today, we notified CCES and Ayotte that they are in clear breach of the confidentiality provisions of our agreement, and we have, therefore, terminated that agreement."
Ayotte has been critical of the CFL’s decision not to ban players after their first positive test for performance-enhancing drugs. This spring, five Canadian university players tested positive at CFL draft combines and under the rules of the professional league’s policy were still eligible for the draft. Three of them were selected by CFL clubs.
Ayotte, director of the Insitut Armand-Frappier Research Centre, said Monday she would no longer conduct tests on CFL players.
"What is the point in testing and issuing positive results if nothing is being done?" Ayotte said. "That puts us in contradiction of our code of ethics that comes with WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency)."
The CFL’s policy was jointly crafted by the league and CFLPA and put into place five years ago. First-time offenders are not suspended but instead put into the CFL’s education program and move from random testing to mandatory testing. Once in the mandatory-test phase of the program, players are tested up to eight times, in season or out, within a two-year period.
Second-time offenders receive a three-game suspension, a third positive test results in a one-year suspension and a fourth triggers a lifetime ban.
"When our policy was introduced, a clear goal was stated: to affect positive behaviour and, should unacceptable behaviour occur, correct it immediately, forcefully and consistently," wrote Orridge. "Should a player test positive a first time, he is referred for counselling and rehabilitation, and he is subjected to mandatory testing."
"At this stage of the process, our focus is squarely on helping the player address any issues that contributed to his usage, in an effort to help him understand, accept and manage his responsibility to play clean."
The average salary in the CFL is around $80,000, and most Canadian-born players hold down a second job, living and working in the community they play in. The CFLPA, in creation of this policy, did not want first-time offenders shamed and labelled as cheats.
The union pushed for a policy that would help a player who, in their view, made a mistake. At the same time, both the league and the union wanted to punish and eventually be rid of repeat offenders. Orridge said the policy is working.
"As we enter our fifth season under the policy, no player has tested positive a second time. The stated goal, to affect good behaviour and correct unacceptable behaviour should it occur, appears to have been met," wrote the commissioner.
Ayotte said the policy has no teeth where collegiate athletes are concerned and cites six positive tests at CFL combines in the past two years.
"For me that is the core of the problem," said Ayotte. "The CFL’s behaviour has direct repercussions on our sons and daughters... training in our universities and colleges and using steroids."
Orridge and CFLPA president Scott Flory issued a joint statement on Wednesday stating their intention to look "at ways to further deter the use of physically harmful performance-enhancing drugs prior to players becoming professionals. Our goal is to provide a safe, fair and level playing field for all players in the CFL."
Orridge also informed the league’s governors his office is in conversation with other drug-testing agencies and hopes to improve the policy while adding he’s "very confident that the testing of our athletes will continue uninterrupted."