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