Wednesday, November 30, 2016
SCHULTZ CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF ORRIDGE
In response to a reporter's question Friday in Toronto, Orridge said that's the CFL's stance on the matter.
That incensed Saskatchewan Roughriders Hall of Famer Scott Schultz (2001-2009) who took to the airwaves on 620 CKRM's SportsCage to call out Orridge for his comments.
The former defensive tackle - who also spent time in the NFL with the Steelers and Chargers - said he'd never sue the CFL for the post-career symptoms he's currently suffering, but he would at least like an admission by the CFL.
"All of the guys of my ilk - that I respect - are the same way; we knew what we were in for," Schultz stated. "I wouldn't change a thing. But as a responsible parent, I'll tell you right now, I'm not letting my son play football the way things are currently, for a whole host of reasons."
I've gone on record saying I have no problems with Orridge's comment because it aligns with similar remarks by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. Furthermore, an admission by the CFL could open the door for more lawsuits brought against the league, similar to the one presented by Arland Bruce III last spring. Because of that suit Orridge offered a general "no comment" on the situation but when pressed, he remarked, "Last I heard, it's still a subject of debate in the medical and scientific community."
There could also be a lineup of ex-CFL'ers with their hand out simply because they're broke.
"I agree .. there are certain former football players who are down on their luck and looking to make a buck off of this. Agreed. It's very fortuitous for them," Schultz admitted. "But that doesn't change the facts, Mr. Orridge. There are links between the two.
"In 250 cases of donated brains, 200 found CTE! There is a linkage between them! The NFL admits there's a link. They've been forced to do this because of litigation but now they're doing all the things they can to be pro-active.
"Why does Orridge think in the CFL right now there's a Concussion Protocol when a guy gets smacked in the head or his head gets rattled off the turf? Five years ago you'd go right back into the game. They're scared of what's going to happen with concussions and head injuries and they're treating players with kid gloves. It's C.Y.A. - Cover Your Ass. That proves they're worried about linkage to head injuries."
To conclude the interview, I asked Schultz if this interview opportunity was satisfactory just to get his concerns off his chest.
"The only thing that would make me more happy is for Orridge to respectfully bow out or be removed from his position," Schultz concluded. " I think the guy, in all facets, hasn't been good for the CFL."