The Canadian Football League announced that it has imposed its maximum fine on Saskatchewan Roughriders offensive lineman, Randy Richards following an illegal and dangerous tackle on Calgary Stampeders returner, Tim Brown on Saturday night. Richards was penalized on the play and ejected from the game.
“It is a priority for us, as a league, to foster a culture of health and safety in all that we do, including the standards we set through player discipline,” said Jeffrey L. Orridge, Commissioner of the Canadian Football League.
A hearing took place earlier this week that included Richards, representation from Canadian Football League Players Association (CFLPA), and representation from the CFL, including Commissioner Orridge.
Following the hearing and after reviewing the play on video from every available angle, the Commissioner has decided to impose the highest fine allowed under its collective bargaining agreement with the CFLPA.
The CFL also announced today the following discipline coming from Week 9 games:
Ottawa REDBLACK Nolan MacMillan was fined for a unnecessary hit against the Toronto Argonauts on Sunday.
B.C. Lion Richie Leone was fined for an illegal cut block on a kickoff return versus the Montreal Alouettes on Thursday.
As per league policy, the amount of the player fines was not disclosed.