CFL teams should be forced to pay the salaries of their suspended players.
For example, the Saskatchewan Roughriders should pay two games’ worth of salaries to Marcus Thigpen and Bruce Campbell, who received two-game suspensions for being caught using performance-enhancing drugs.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats should have kept paying Mike Jones and the Calgary Stampeders should have paid Roy Finch, players who were suspended for two games apiece last year for failing CFL drug tests.
The players won’t get the money. Instead, the money can go to the CFL Alumni Association’s Dire Needs Fund, or it can be donated to local charities. Somebody should benefit when professional athletes are caught cheating. And the blame needs to be shared.
The players are being held accountable for failing their drug tests, but the teams get off scot-free. Teams certainly don’t want their players cheating, but if there’s a financial penalty for the teams they will make more of an effort to stop their players from cheating.