Redblacks long snapper Louis-Philippe Bourassa suspended for drug violation
Bourassa suspended for next two games
Ottawa Redblacks long snapper Louis-Philippe Bourassa has been suspended for two games after a positive drug test.
The CFL said Bourassa tested positive for several banned substances, including Ibutamoren, a growth hormone, and
methamphetamine, a stimulant.
A native of Shawinigan, Que., the 27-year-old Bourassa has been with the Redblacks since 2017 when he was drafted by Ottawa out of the University of Montreal in the fourth round.
Players who test positive 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.
All players will be subject to mandatory drug testing after 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.
In a statement, the Redblacks said the positive test was the result of a substance found in an over-the-counter product and Bourassa was unaware it contained a banned substance.
With files from CBC