The Toronto Argonauts starting quarterback was kicked out of practice and sent home on Friday after witnessing the Toronto Raptors’ 97-93 home win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night. This violated the CFL’s COVID-19 protocol, which would normally have required Bethel-Thompson to quarantine herself for four days and provide two negative tests before she could resume team activities.
But Toronto hosts the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Sunday afternoon’s conference final at BMO Field.
The CFL announced Friday afternoon that Bethel-Thompson will be cleared to play on Sunday if he produces negative COVID tests after a 48-hour quarantine at his residence.
Argos Dexter McCoil, Charleston Hughes, Llevi Noel and Jeff Richards also attended the basketball game and will be subject to the same requirements as Bethel-Thompson.
Toronto (9-5) finished atop the Eastern Division standings to secure home ground advantage for the conference final.
Bethel-Thompson was 7-2 as a Toronto starter this season.
The Argos and Raptors are both owned by Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment.
Antonio Pipkin is the Toronto alternative
If Bethel-Thompson can’t play, Antonio Pipkin will start for Toronto on Sunday.
The six-foot-three, 225-pound Pipkin began Toronto’s 13-7 home loss to Edmonton on November 16, completing 10 of 22 passes for 111 yards and an interception while rushing for 78 yards and a touchdown on nine litters.
A video of Bethel-Thompson holding her baby girl during the NBA game was posted on the Argos’ Twitter account Thursday night, but was no longer available on Friday.
But he was around long enough for Hamilton wide receiver Brandon Banks to notice and respond.
Bethel-Thompson also appeared on TSN’s show of the Raptors-Bucks Game.
“So let me understand,” TSN’s Kayla Gray tweeted Friday, who interviewed Bethel-Thompson on the show. “A starting quarterback is on a national show to promote an Eastern final that he is now forced to miss because the league is forcing him to quarantine himself for attending a game to promote said final in the East. ballast?
“Baby what a mess. “