Major Series Lacrosse commissioner Jim Brady told the Peterborough Examiner that the Peterborough Lakers and Langley Thunder were never given any information about how drug testing would work by the Canadian Lacrosse Association or the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport prior to this Mann Cup Series. Coaches Jamie Batley and Rod Jensen are appealing their suspensions, which came down just hours before Friday night’s Peterborough win over Langley that gave the Lakers a 3-2 lead in the series.
According to the Examiner, Brady said they were first notified on Aug. 30 of the testing, but never learned anything about protocol. Testing for doping took place following Games 2 and 4, and the CLA cited “conduct off the floor of play” in its release about Batley’s and Jensen’s suspensions, which are for the remainder of the series.
“This is the first time there has ever been drug testing in box lacrosse,” Brady told the Examiner. “The whole incident is an embarrassment to lacrosse.”
The CCES, which conducted the testing, was apparently unhappy with the players’ availability for testing after the games, according to the Examiner. CCES officials complained of being “roughed up” by Lakers training staff as they were trying to administer the tests after Game 2, the Examiner reported.
Brady told the Examiner that CCES officials acted “unprofessionally” in administering the postgame tests, and Jensen said no one from his team did anything to inhibit the drug tests.
In an even more contentious point, CCES officials apparently levied a claim that John Grant Jr’s Game 2 injury was faked in order to get out of testing. Grant went to the hospital and has since returned to the floor.
The Examiner reported that no players have yet been accused of any drug violations, and that the CCES visited Grant’s home on Thursday to test him.
“I believe everyone has been tested that they wanted to test,” the CLA’s Chuck Miller told ILIndoor.com’s Stephen Stamp.
Miller also provided more insight to Stamp about the nature of the testing.
“There is random testing,” Miller said. “There’s also selected testing that would come from CCES headquarters, that these are the players they want to test. You have to be playing that night to be tested.”
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