NLL won't ban Lewis Ratcliff after positive drug test

Washington Stealth forward Lewis Ratcliff goes around Toronto Rock defender Creighton Reid before...

Washington Stealth forward Lewis Ratcliff goes around Toronto Rock defender Creighton Reid before scoring. (Jack Boland /QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 11:02 AM ET

The NLL won’t suspend the Washington Stealth’s Lewis Ratcliff after a positive drug test.

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport announced Wednesday a two-year ban for the former Toronto Rock and Calgary Roughnecks forward after he tested positive for three banned substances – oxandrolone and clenbuterol, two prohibited anabolic agents, as well as oxycodone – in a test conducted in September 2012.

The NLL, however, won’t recognize the suspension because it was conducted outside the parameters of the leagues’ collective bargaining agreement.

“The NLL’s policy on performance-enhancing drug use is governed by the collective bargaining agreement with the Professional Lacrosse Players Association,” the league said in a statement. “Any testing conducted by any other entity is outside the scope of the CBA and is not an NLL matter.”


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