Sunday, July 3, 2016
LEMON WON'T DISCUSS TRADE FROM RIDERS
Lemon and his new team are practicing all week in Regina as they prepare for their Week 3 game B.C. and he was found Sunday afternoon at Mosaic Stadium under the hot summer sun.
And it's been a wild 72 hours for Lemon since Thursday, when his Roughriders fell 30-17 at home to the Toronto Argonauts. On Friday, Lemon - reportedly unhappy with his playing time with the Riders - requested a trade. By mid-afternoon on Saturday, he was dealt to the Toronto Argonauts along with a conditional draft pick for offensive lineman Matt Sewell and quarterback Mitchell Gale.
"It's been emotional," Lemon told reporters after Sunday's practice. "Take one day at a time, move forward and pray that good things happen. I'm just fortunate to get another opportunity with the Argos."
I asked Lemon when his relationship with the Roughriders soured, given the fact he signed a new contract well into six figures with the Roughriders on February 18.
"Over time," Lemon said. "That's a question you'd have to take up with them. I'm just moving forward and preparing for B.C. now."
Perhaps not surprisingly Lemon has experienced a backlash from Rider fans through Facebook and Twitter but has emerged undaunted.
"I just try to take the positives," Lemon smiled. "They are very emotional fans about their team. There are no bad feelings towards any of the fans. They've been nothing but good to me since I've been here."
As for the Argos, head coach Scott Milanovich said this was an easy trade to make.
"He's an edge pass rusher with a history of getting sacks," Milanovich said on Sunday. "And he has a familiarity with our defensive coordinator and our D-line coach."