Red­blacks all-star Rose ap­peals Grey Cup game sus­pen­sion

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports -

Ot­tawa Red­blacks de­fen­sive back Jonathan Rose has ap­pealed his sus­pen­sion for the Grey Cup game.

The CFL an­nounced Tues­day that the Red­blacks starter has been as­sessed a one-game sus­pen­sion for push­ing an of­fi­cial dur­ing Ot­tawa’s East fi­nal win against the Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats last Sun­day.

How­ever, Rose ap­pealed the sus­pen­sion hours later, and a CFL source told The Cana­dian Press it is un­likely an ar­bi­tra­tor will be able to hear the case and make a de­ci­sion be­fore Sun­day’s Grey Cup game be­tween the Red­blacks and Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers in Ed­mon­ton.

The Red­blacks trav­elled to Ed­mon­ton on Tues­day and are sched­uled to hold their first prac­tice of the week on Wed­nes­day.

Rose, a CFL East Di­vi­sion all­star this sea­son as well as in 2016, was flagged for un­nec­es­sary rough­ness and ejected for con­tact­ing an of­fi­cial with 37 sec­onds left in the first half fol­low­ing a side­line melee af­ter a Tiger-Cats re­cep­tion.

Cana­dian Justin How­ell filled in for Rose the rest of the game.

“We are ex­tremely re­luc­tant to take an ac­tion that could pre­vent an ath­lete from join­ing his team­mates for what may be the most im­por­tant game of his life,” the CFL said in a state­ment on Tues­day. “But there is an an­other prin­ci­ple at stake, one which has very sig­nif­i­cant im­pli­ca­tions for our league and sport in gen­eral.

“If we fail to send a strong sig­nal when there is phys­i­cal abuse of an of­fi­cial, what­ever the cir­cum­stances, we risk send­ing the wrong mes­sage to not only the ath­letes in our league but young and as­pir­ing ath­letes, coaches and even par­ents through­out sport. Of­fi­cials are an im­por­tant part of ath­letic com­pe­ti­tion, re­spon­si­ble for its in­tegrity. While their con­tri­bu­tions too of­ten go un­sung, we can­not al­low them to be dis­re­spected or, worse, abused.”

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