Realty One

Monday, September 12, 2016


REGINA - The Saskatchewan Roughriders released Khalif Mitchell on Monday, saying it would be difficult for the controversial defensive lineman to get into playing shape this season.

Mitchell hasn't played since being released by the Montreal Alouettes in June 2015, a month after he was fined over anti-Semitic Twitter posts, which included a link to a Holocaust denial video.

The struggling Riders signed Mitchell to their practice roster last month, a move that drew criticism from Canadian Jewish organizations.

Roughriders general manager and head coach Chris Jones said the two parties agreed to part ways.

"After sitting out for over a year we both agreed it would be difficult for Khalif to get physically ready to play in a professional football game at this point in the season,'' Jones said in a release.

After being fined in 2015, Mitchell apologized in a joint statement by the CFL Players' Association and B'nai Brith Canada, saying it was "a learning moment for me.'' He agreed to work with B'nai Brith, a Jewish human rights organization, to "educate myself about this and other human rights matters.''

But after the Roughriders announced they were adding him to their practice roster on Aug. 31, Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, said there was no evidence Mitchell has learned from his mistakes.

The CIJA included screenshots of several recent retweets from Mitchell it deemed troubling.

CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge said a day after the signing that the league would be monitoring Mitchell's social media posts.

Jones also said he had spoken at length with Jewish community leaders and wouldn't tolerate any inappropriate behaviour.

Mitchell, 31, claims his tweets were misunderstood and that he was researching his "Hebrew Semitic backgrounds.''

The six-foot-five, 316-pound Mitchell, a 2011 all-star with B.C., also landed in hot water with the CFL in 2012 when he was fined for using derogatory terms against people of Chinese descent on Twitter.

The Roughriders are a dismal 1-10 this season.

(Canadian Press)


Anonymous said...

Is this really about him being out of shape - or is this about the riders trying to rebuild their image/brand

Anonymous said...

Lots of young players coming available after the NFL cuts.

mister winnipeg said...


Anonymous said...

FIRST sensible move Jones has made since he got here......

Anonymous said...

I imagine this had a lot more to do with who he is and what he stands for than conditioning. Not sure what they were thinking trying to fit in him with our Riders. It was the last thing we needed here.

Anonymous said...

Mister Winnipeg you certainly are typical of a Bomber fan. The last 2 years and the first 5 regular season games of this year non of you could be found. So you guys go on a 6 game winning streak and you slither out from under that rotting plywood you've been hiding under the last 2 years and 7 weeks of 2016. By far the lowest of lows in the CFL is the Bomber fans. Just go to a game in their stadium. They are the rudest most foul mouthed fans in the league. They are so dumb they can't figure out that buying a ticket at their stadium is actually supporting the Bombers. Instead they try and run a guy out of town never to come back.
I've been to every stadium except the New Hamilton and BMO. All of the stadiums combined didn't attack us or use anywhere near the foul language that the Bomber fans did. The Banjo truly fits that fan base!
As the old Rider play by play man Lynch would say.... Very

Spock Logic

Anonymous said...

How come the team has brought in so many retreads? I thought Murphy was a guru of scouting. Dressler shows his stuff against the Riders, and then there is Chick and Lemon with 8 sacks apiece. Isn't 8 sacks more the Rider defense put together? Sure glad the Riders picked up a large portion of lemons contract.

If the Riders don't sign Durant, how many season tickets do you think the Riders will lose? Will fans pack the stadium only because it is new? What about the fans who have had there ticket prices raised as if they were on the 55 yard line. Is this why we hear "there is not a bad seat in the house"? Try to convince fans that they should be paying more. I would have thought the CEO would have been on top of this.

Maybe Jones will dismantle the team once again when the season is over. After all, you don't want players who possess a losing personality. The Riders should have had Jones check his ego at the door. If so we would have still had Dressler, Chick and Brackenbridge. I guess there is one consolation - don't have to pay for playoff tickets.

Anonymous said...

Jones humiliated the CFL worldwide (my friend in Israel heard about the story) . Good job Mr Jones, now let's win a game.

John Knight said...

So called Rider fans, get over Dressler. Roosevelt is a better receiver and much cheaper. I liked him while he was here but he is gone now. Also, stop bitching about Jones! He will NOT be leaving so you may as well accept it and get on board. Also to all you chicken sh-ts, use you real name and not anonymous.

Anonymous said...

Mel Gibson said Jews run the world.

Anonymous said...

Don't live in the past.

Anonymous said...

"After sitting out for over a year we both agreed it would be difficult for Khalif to get physically ready to play in a professional football game at this point in the season,'' Jones said in a release.

I could have told Jones that two weeks ago, but he never asked, he never does.