Quinn Smith tested positive for performance enhancing drugs on Friday. This is a real black eye on the young defensive lineman’s career and for the Calgary Stampeders stellar 8-1-1 season so far.
Well actually it’s the second black eye for Smith. Heading into the 2014 CFL Draft, after not being ranked in the Top 15 prospects for his senior season, Smith shot up the league’s draft rankings after his performance at the CFL Combine. At 6’2 and 300 pounds the Concordia University defensive lineman put up 4.80 40-yard dash time and 28 reps on the bench press. The top prospect of the draft, offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif that year ran a 4.94 40-yard dash and put up 34 reps on the bench. Between the combine and CFL draft Smith tested positive for Stanozolol. After his slap on the wrist, Smith was drafted seventh overall by the Stampeders.
Quinn Smith Tested Positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs
CIS rules at the time meant Smith was banned from returning to amateur competition for his fifth year of eligibility. However the rules at the time meant he didn’t receive any actual CFL punishment other than being subjected to mandatory testing, and upon a second violation it would be an automatic three-game suspension, which is his punishment now. It’s a weird loophole that makes it an incentive for prospects to take PEDs, and in 2015 three players from St. Mary’s University and one player from Université de Laval tested positive at the combine.
A common practice for CFL teams is to send drafted players back to CIS after a training camp in the pros for another year of development. This ban from amateur play, but not the professional ranks, meant that prospects could raise their draft stock by getting better numbers through appearing stronger and faster under PED use, and if caught couldn’t be really punished by the CFL. They made teams unable to send them back to the CIS for further development.
Both times now Smith has tested positive for Stanozolol. The first time Smith tested positive in 2014 his statement was as follows.
“I accept full responsibility for the result of Stanozolol metabolite in my test. I can assure you it was not my intention to use a banned substance or to try to beat the system. I did not properly research the contents of supplements I obtained online and I will accept the consequences of my actions. Since it was inadvertent on my part, I have asked to have my B sample tested and am waiting for the results.”
Fast forward to present day 2016, the lineman had this to say his second go at the PR spin.
“I want to apologize for bringing this situation into your lives, especially the Calgary Stampeders, who have always treated me like family. I am sorry to have failed a drug test. It is our responsibility as men and as players to know what is going in and out of our bodies. I have not lived up to that. This is my mistake and no one else’s. To the fans that sit in minus-40 degree weather to cheer us on in Red and White, I love you all, you’re the reason game day is so special. I hope to get another chance to experience your love for us.”
Smith is a Canadian national player, which really cuts deep for a league that builds itself on national tradition and good sportsmanship. The three-game suspension is the first real punishment Smith will actually receive for his ‘negligence’ to realize the stuff he puts in his body.
Smith was an adult coming out of Concordia, and he is a whole 30 months older and still hasn’t learned his adult lesson. A three-game suspension and loss of salary might straighten him out, so that the organization he so deeply cares about doesn’t have to go through the same old shame again. Here’s to hopefully never hearing “Smith tested positive for Stanozolol” or any banned substance for that matter, a third time.