Fans outraged after CFL overrules COVID protocol for Bethel-Thompson, Argos

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McLeod Bethel-Thompson will be eligible to play on Sunday barring a positive COVID test. (Photo by Brent Just/Getty Images)
McLeod Bethel-Thompson will be eligible to play on Sunday barring a positive COVID test. (Photo by Brent Just/Getty Images)

A seemingly harmless trip to the Toronto Raptors game on Thursday appeared to have cost quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson his spot under centre for the Toronto Argonauts in their Eastern Final contest against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday.

The QB, who attended the game per request of the team, broke the CFL's COVID-19 protocols in doing so. His attendance at the game, by league rules, should have resulted in a four-game ban. Instead, the CFL decided to walk back its current protocol and devise a compromise.

Per a statement from the league, Bethel-Thompson will only have to quarantine for two days while taking a PCR test on Friday and Saturday while also taking a rapid antigen test on Sunday. If all tests return a negative result, he'll be able to play for the double blue.

These conditions also apply to four other members of the team — Dexter McCoil, Charleston Hughes, Llevi Noel and Jeff Richards — who attended the Raptors game with Bethel-Thompson.

This, as you can imagine, didn't sit well with CFL fans, especially those who root for the Ticats.

All five members of the Argonauts must clear the necessary hurdles to play, but the CFL has allowed all a chance to suit up and play for a spot in the Grey Cup.

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