In 2010, while playing for the Bankstown City Bulls in the Bundaberg Red Cup, Salem tested positive for methylhexaneamine and was immediately suspended. The NSWRL and Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority later handed him a two-year suspension; he is suspended until 10 September 2012.
- Chris Salem rugbyleagueproject.org
- NSW Rugby League player Chris Salem receives two-year ban for methylhexaneamine Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, 17 December 2010
- Bankstown Bulls' Chris Salem on drug suspension The Express Canterbury Bankstown, 13 September 2010