TSN Football insider Dave Naylor reports that the Boatmen quarterback was fired from team practice on Friday because his presence in the 97-93 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks was a violation of the COVID protocol of the Canadian Football League and Bethel-Thompson must now quarantine for four days.
Audience @TorontoArgos QB MacLeod Bethel-Thompson was sent home and is withdrawn from training today due to his participation in the @Raptors match at the request of his team. This is a violation of the CFL Covid protocol, which states that it must now quarantine for 4 days. The day of the match is Sunday.#CFL
– Dave Naylor (@TSNDaveNaylor) December 3, 2021
A four-day quarantine would exclude Bethel-Thompson from Sunday’s East Division final when the Argos host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at BMO Field with a Gray Cup trip in play.
Bethel-Thompson, 33, attended the game at Scotiabank Arena under cheer from the team and Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment, the owner group of the Argos and Raptors.
Ticates receiver / returner Brandon Banks tweeted on Friday morning that he also wanted to attend a Raptors game at some point this season, but the league told him he couldn’t.
– brandon banks (@ speedybanks87) December 3, 2021
“Wow, when I tried to go to [a] Raptors game, the CFL told me I couldn’t go, Banks wrote.
If Bethel-Thompson couldn’t play on Sunday, Antonio Pipkin would likely start at the hub for the Argos. Quarterback Cole McDonald is also on the club’s roster.
Neither the team nor the CFL have commented on the situation at this time.