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Thursday, May 14, 2015


MONTREAL - Defensive lineman Khalif Mitchell has been fined an undisclosed amount by the Canadian Football League and the Montreal Alouettes for inappropriate posts on Twitter, including a link to a holocaust denial video.

CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge said Mitchell violated the league's social media policy.

"There is absolutely no place in our league for commentary used to divide or disparage others along the lines of sex, race, religion or sexual orientation,'' Orridge said in a statement.

"While we acknowledge that players have a right to hold and express their own opinions, in no circumstance do we condone activity or comments that are derogatory or inappropriate, putting the League's reputation in question - and we feel Mr. Mitchell's recent posts on social media have violated these principles.''

Alouettes president and CEO Mark Weightman said the team denounced Mitchell's online posts.

"His postings are disappointing and in no way reflect the opinions and values of the Montreal Alouettes Football Club,'' said Weightman. "His postings were completely unacceptable and the Alouettes apologize to anyone who was offended by them.''

He said the team fined Mitchell the maximum allowed under CFL rules, also for violating the team's social media policy.

B'nai Brith Canada alerted the Alouettes and the league to a series of tweets sent recently by Mitchell.

It said Mitchell's Twitter feed was "replete with bizarre postings and outlandish conspiracy theories, comparisons of police officers to the Ku Klux Klan and hateful videos denying the Holocaust.''

"As an all-star and role model for Canadian youth, Mr. Mitchell should not be sending out divisive and hateful tweets under the banner of the Montreal Alouettes organization,'' said Michael Mostyn, CEO of B'nai Brith Canada. "Mr. Mitchell has a history of posting wacky and offensive tweets.''

In 2012 the CFL fined Mitchell an undisclosed amount for violating the league's social media policy for using derogatory terms against people of Chinese descent.

Among Mitchell's tweets was one with a link to a video called "The Greatest Lie Ever Told, the Holocaust.''

The six-foot-six lineman signed with Montreal last season from the B.C. Lions. The Virginia Beach, Va., native was a CFL all-star in 2011.


Dick Rubnutz said...

This guy is an idiot and has embarrassed the CFL for years. How he didn't get released is beyond me.

Anonymous said...

The poor man is profoundly ignorant.
Whats next? A Nazi tattoo. The Als should cut the guy and get him the hell out of Canada. We got enough home grown racists and sickos of our own.

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

a black man who denys the holocaust happened that makes no sense whatsoever. does this idiot know what nazis plans for the whole world were? there has to be very few functioning brain cells inside that mellon.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone ever thought he is right? has anyone ever considered that fact ? It's ridiculous that he would be fined for having an opinion or a view. This is the league and the world saying " you have to think exactly like everyone else or we will fine you". So stupid. The holocaust never happened, and guess what else, Hitler's dad is Jewish. Bet you didn't know that. You all are sheep who get handed bs by the media and the powers that be and you just sit back and accept it. Idiots.

Keith said...

To Anon #4:

No one with any level of intelligence thinks he is right. He is a fool, like you. No clue about world history.

Seek psychiatric help please!

You are one sick IDIOT and a RACIST CREEP! Why pedal your hate and neo-nazi crap on a sports comment site?

Danny said...

I don't see a problem.

When it comes to cultural taboos, questioning the holocaust is perhaps the biggest one there is.

Governments lie. History is written by the victors. "Real" conspiracies happen all the time.

Therefore, it's good to be skeptical.

In the case of the Holocaust though, the evidence is overwhelming. It happened, more or less, the way the mainstream history books say it did.

Instead of knee-jerkingly calling Mitchell a racist moron, a sane society would applaud his inquisitiveness and skepticism, and encourage him to take an honest look at the subject.

If he did, he would eventually come to the conclusion that, in this instance at least, there is no big lie. The Holocaust happened.

Anonymous said...

Is Obama now a holocaust conspirator, appears to be one of his ignorant posts. Unbelievable

Anonymous said...

Yes Dan, nothing wrong with wanting to educate oneself more about the horrors of the Holocaust to learn more details at to how the Nazi's implemented the Final Solution, such as how some courageous people defied the Nazis and hide Jews at great risk and how officials in Europe collaborated with the Nazis in loading up the trains to the death camps in Poland.

He can also study how the Roma population was decimated by the Nazis.

But I think a good topic for Mitchell to study at this point is what motivates Holocaust deniers in recent years despite all the evidence. He needs to understand their agenda.

Being a student of how hate groups suck in the ignorant and uneducated for their own warped agenda would be a good topic for Mitchell. Yes, let him get on with his education.

Old Hank