Ticats' star Banks suspended for violating CFL drug policy
Hamilton Tiger Cats' Brandon Banks sits on the bench during the final minutes of their CFL football game against the BC Lions in Hamilton on Friday July 1, 2016. (Geoff Robins/The Canadian Press)
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, October 19, 2016 12:37PM EDT
TORONTO -- Hamilton Tiger-Cats star Brandon Banks has been suspended for two crucial games following a positive drug test.
The CFL says Banks tested positive for Methylenedioxyamphetamine, a stimulant known as MDA that is closely related to ecstasy.
It's the for the receiver/kick-returner's first positive test, which carries a two-game suspension.
Under the league's policy, a suspended player can't play in games but it's up to the club to determine whether he can participate in other team activities, such as practice and meetings.
The Ticats are second in the East Division, three points behind the Redblacks. They're looking to close that gap when they play in Ottawa on Friday night.