The Saskatchewan Roughriders were fined $60,000 following an investigation into alleged roster violations by the C-F-L.
The C-F-L says their investigation spanned several weeks and released the following statement:
“The CFL today levied a $60,000 fine against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, as well as a deduction in excess of $26,000 off the Roughriders’ 2016 salary cap.
This decision was made after Commissioner Jeffrey L. Orridge and the CFL completed a thorough investigation, spanning several weeks, of the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ alleged roster violations. The investigation included CFL officials visiting team practices in Regina.
After a review of the findings, it has been determined that the Saskatchewan Roughriders were in violation of policies which prohibit practicing with ineligible players, players participating in practice who are on the 6-Game Injured List and having free agents practice with players who are under contact.
Each of these actions constitute a violation of CFL bylaws.
“As Commissioner, I am compelled to make decisions consistent with protecting the competitive balance within our League, the spirit of our rules and the integrity of our game. The recent conduct, behaviour and activities of the Saskatchewan Roughriders have compromised the reputation of the CFL.”
– CFL Commissioner, Jeffrey L. Orridge.
Meanwhile, following Thursday’s practice Rider coach Chris Jones would not address the CFL’s ongoing investigation into his team’s alleged roster violations.
The Roughriders host the Stampeders Saturday afternoon to close out a home-and-home series which saw the Stamps win the opener 35-15 last week at McMahon Stadium.
Kickoff on Saturday at Mosaic Stadium is 5:00 on the Cooperators Rider Radio Network.