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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

JONES ADDRESSES HARDY STORY


Saskatchewan Roughriders Head Coach and General Manager Chris Jones addressed a Sportsnet report on Tuesday that the CFL has blocked the Riders from adding NFL bad boy Greg Hardy.

The free agent defensive end spent the 2015 NFL season with the Dallas Cowboys however is currently out of football due to his history of domestic violence.  He worked out with the Jacksonville Jaguars last week but wasn't signed.  Jones said the timing of the story is suspicious and that talks between the two sides were only preliminary.

"First of all the timing of it seems a little 'interesting' to me," Jones stated.  "Again, Greg Hardy inquired to us back during camp and it was about a six hour discussion.  The league made their ruling on it and we moved on.

"You can ask the league.  I'll just comment on what I just said.  Again, it was a six hour discussion, he was interested in coming up.  I inquired with the league, the league made their ruling, and you can talk to Jeffrey Orridge and those guys if you need more info on it."

Jones was asked how seriously the club takes situations of domestic violence with players.

"Very seriously," Jones said.  "Very seriously."

Meanwhile Jones said he's still at least a day away from making a decision on a starting quarterback for this week's game at Montreal.  Darian Durant and Mitchell Gale both took turns with the first team offense on Tuesday.

The 1-3 Roughriders visit the 1-3 Montreal Alouettes Friday at 5:30 pm on TSN and the 620 CKRM Roughrider Radio Network.

RP
@rodpedersen

9 comments:

Russell Cone said...

Rod,

What about Justin Cox? Any mention of that situation with him?


Russ from Saskatoon

Rod Pedersen said...

It was mentioned but that issue is in the past.

Anonymous said...

Keep the Gong Shows in Montreal. We don't need a guy like Hardy in Sask or the locker room. Excellent call by the CFL.

Enigma said...

This would appear to be "Dunk" based story. Pure garbage that is nearly two months old. It smells..

Anonymous said...

Maybe Sportsnet is using the story as another way to give the Riders and the CFL a black eye? Wouldn't be surprising with NFL training camp coming up soon.


Gundersons Yorkton

Rudyman said...

Doesn't Dunk work for the CFL? Good hire there CFL, he writes anymore positive articles you might as well close up shop.

JUSTIN DUNK AND ARASH MADANI took a page out of Vanstone's history with the Riders. Just beat him to the punch of finding some dirty article to write about the team and cause the team a headache just as they are starting to pull things together.

Sounds like someone at CFL head office doesn't like the Rider management right now. Leaks a story that the Riders were chasing a bad guy and were begging to have him allowed in.

Jones says, Guy called us to see if he could play with us, we called the league to check if he would be allowed and it got denied, end of story.

Tend to believe Jones's side over the articles. I think the league is embarrassed by their inconsistent officiating over the weekend. They needed to make the story go away and point to something else...

As Jones said, timing is curious.

Anonymous said...

Truth tells but stories sell.
Bonnie

@mrt_man said...

DESPITE BEING FAIRLY UNRELATED TO THE POST... I USAULLY ROLL WITH WHATEVER OFFICIATING BLUNDERS MORE THAN MOST PEOPLE. THAT BEING SAID, THINGS DID SEEMN FAIRLY INCONSISTENT LAST WEEKEND. ON THE CHALLENGE AND NO ROUGHING PASSER CALL... I ACKNOWLEDGE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A FAIRLY LAME/SOFT PENALTY CALL, BUT AFTER SEEING THE REPLAY WITH SOME HELMET TO HELMET CONTACT, I WAS FULLY EXPECTING A SUCCESSFUL CHALLENGE, AS THAT HAD BEEN THE LAME PRECEDENT SET THROUGH THE YEAR. EASY TO GET FRUSTRATED IF THEY ARE GONNA CALL SOME LAME PENALTIES AND NOT OTHERS. HOWEVER THEY GO WITH IT, I THINK CONSISTENCY IS KEY.

HARDY... ON THE FENCE ON THE TROUBLESOME TEAM ROSTER. THE PART OF ME THAT LIKES GREY CUPS WOULD HAVE TO SAY SIGN WHOEVER IS THE BEST ON THE FIELD, NO MATTER WHAT. I CAN SEE THE ROLE MODEL ARGUMENT THOUGH... STILL, THE TEAM ALREADY AVOIDS SENDING THE JERKS TO P.R. EVENTS, WHAT DIFFERENCE WOULD IT BE TO AVOID SENDING THE CRIMINALS TOO?

Victor Isted said...

As far as I'm concerned there is no harm in talking to someone. So this is just someone who needed a story to write and dug some dirty that really isn't dirty and a non story. Move on. Enjoy the team the is being built.

GO RIDERS! GO CFL!!

Victor in Brooks