TORONTO – Following Toronto Argonauts quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson’s presence at yesterday’s Toronto Raptors game, the CFL consulted its medical committee, which has advised the league throughout the season on its COVID-19 protocols and responses to violations.
With regard to Bethel-Thompson, the league has now decided the following.
- His appearance was in clear violation of the league’s protocols, which are much stricter than those of the public and prohibit players from attending major sporting events.
- Bethel-Thompson was sent home from the Argos facility this morning.
- He has to be quarantined at home for two days and two nights.
- He cannot personally attend practices or meetings today or tomorrow (December 3rd and 4th).
- He can electronically connect with the team, participate in virtual meetings and individually, alone and. work out NOT in the team facility, today and tomorrow (December 3rd and 4th).
- In addition to the PCR test completed today, he must undergo a PCR test tomorrow (Saturday, December 4th) and a rapid antigen test the following day (Sunday, December 5th).
- If all tests are negative and evidence of negative tests is presented to the league office, they can join the team and play on Sunday 5th December.
The Medical Committee based its recommendations on current conditions, including the current vaccination rate in the CFL community, which has increased significantly since the summer.
The CFL was also informed that four other Argo players – Dexter McCoil, Charleston Hughes, Llevi Noel and Jeff Richards – were also taking part in the basketball game.
You are now subject to the same quarantine and testing requirements as Bethel-Thompson.
The CFL does not disclose any additional disciplines associated with its COVID-19 protocols.
Strict protocols have enabled the CFL to have a positive COVID-19 test rate of less than a tenth of a percent. Ninety-five percent of all CFL players are fully vaccinated. The league experienced an outbreak that year that forced a game to be postponed. She will continue to act in the name of the health and safety of players, coaches and staff, and in the best interests of the CFL and its clubs.