No policy needed: Bomber rep

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

Blue Bomber lineman Doug Brown doesn't think the CFL needs a drug policy -- but that doesn't mean he hasn't seen his share of "juice monkeys."

"You know who the guys are," Brown said. "There's a couple guys on every team. And you can tell when guys are on and when they're off, and when guys show up at training camp, it's really comical. It's so obvious to me."

The telltale signs of a steroid user: someone abnormally big, unusually wired and frequently hurt -- because his ligaments and tendons can't keep up with his muscles.

"We had a guy here in training camp (this season)," Brown said. "Any time you get a guy who comes to camp all jacked up and he blows his hammer out on the second day of practice... you're not going to say anything to the coaches or the media. But if I think someone on my team is on crank, you're all over him."

Brown saw plenty of it during his college days at Simon Fraser University, too.

"At SFU, there were a ton of juice-monkeys," he said. "There were some years there were probably five to 10 guys."

Rarely does the topic of steroids go public in the CFL.

One exception was the arrest of six people, including then-Hamilton lineman Mike Mihelic, after police in Ontario busted a sophisticated steroid operation in December 2002.

The charges were eventually dropped.

The issue came up again this week, when World Anti-Doping Agency boss Dick Pound blasted the CFL's lack of a drug policy.

Brown, a Winnipeg rep in the CFL Players Association, can't see the union making it a priority.

"There's that whole argument that we'd be more marketable to corporate sponsorship and things like that, but I really don't think it's a widespread problem," he said. "I'd rather have a dental plan, to tell you the truth, than a drug-testing plan."


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