|Durant on Tuesday|
As has been well-documented, the Riders were hit with a $15,000 fine for a ratio violation, $60,000 for roster violations, a $5,000 fine for an intro violation two weeks ago in Calgary and a $26,000 docking of their salary cap for 2016.
Quarterback Darian Durant told reporters after Tuesday's practice that the team has adopted an 'Us Against The World' mentality of late.
"Of course," Durant revealed. "I got a fine as well. I really do think that's the mentally we have to take because for whatever reason, they're after us a little bit."
Durant's fine disclosure piqued the interest of the assembled reporters in the Rider locker room and they pressed Darian for more information. The chat went like this:
REPORTER: "You got a fine?"
DURANT: "I don't want to get into it."
REPORTER: "You brought it up."
DURANT: "I did. But I'm not getting into it."
REPORTER: "It was not a team fine, but a personal fine?"
DURANT: "I'm not going to get into it."
REPORTER: "This year?"
DURANT: "This year."
Roughriders Head Coach & GM Chris Jones was asked what Durant possibly could have been fined for?
"Yeah you know what, that'll be up to the league," Jones deflected. "The fines, I know I talked to (CFLPA Executive Director) Brian Ramsay the other day and the fines are about double this year what they were last year at this time. Again, you'll have to ask the league about all that fine business."
The Leader Post's Rob Vanstone Tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that Durant was fined for a uniform violation.
Jones was further asked if his football team is being more-closely scrutinized by the Commissioner's office than the other eight CFL clubs.
"Some people have brought that to my attention; that some other teams have done some things and maybe it goes unnoticed but the league does what they do," Jones continued. "I'm not gonna sit here and comment negatively and have them fine us again because that's exactly what'll happen, right? So you'll have to ask Jeff and find out exactly what's going on in Mayberry."
Jones says his football club has enough to worry about with its current 1-6 record and can't be focused on outside distractions.
"Well actually yeah it has been a shock," Jones continued. "Because I never expected to lose ball games. Unfortunately we're sitting here at 1-6 and all I can tell you is our football team is extremely determined. Our coaching staff is extremely determined and they're still fun to be around."
The Roughriders visit the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Saturday at 5:00 pm Sask Time at Tim Hortons Field.