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Published on April 9, 2018 11:11 PM by dbo.
Interesting situation; I have no doubt the CFL concluded they were obligated to announce this, though it seems unnecessary. Though not completely spelled out, it appears Dan Federkeil was administered a random PED test during the off-season. He had already made the decision to retire, but not announced it. As the result of his planned retirement, he started treatment of a condition with prescribed testosterone, which he had delayed 2 years due to the treatment’s conflict the the CFL/CFLPA banned substance list. He then announced his retirement. Then the result of the failed test came back from the program administrators and the league announced the result and suspension.
Certainly, if Federkeil was to come out of retirement, the suspension should be announced and enforced. While the test was administered while he was still a CFLPA member, he was not when the results were determined. His retirement did not seem orchestrated to avoid punishment. The announcement forced him to disclose potentially sensitive medical information (the league announced only the substance, but Federkeil had the option of being thought a cheat who retired or provide the explanation). Like I said, interesting, and shows once more PEDs are a complicated area.