September 3, 2008
Barren a change of heart, CFL won't discipline Eskimo
By JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA
EDMONTON -- Like rubbing salt in the wound, CFL brass has rejected Henry Burris' claim Agustin Barrenechea horse-collar tackled him.
The Calgary Stampeders quarterback believed Barrenechea -- the Edmonton Eskimos middle linebacker -- was guilty of an illegal takedown while recording a key second-quarter sack on Labour Day.
Burris shared his thoughts with the media after the game, arguing a flag should have been thrown for a tackle that he believed was near his neck and from behind.
But TV replays have cleared Barrenechea of any wrong-doing on a play that forced Burris to the bench with a toe injury.
Backup Dave Dickenson replaced Burris Monday.
"I think Henry just spoke out of emotion after the game," said Barrenechea, a former Calgary Dino who denied grabbing Burris near the neck.
"I am sure it felt that way --the way that he came down.
"But once he sees the film, I am sure he will take that comment back."
The TSN replay shows Barrenechea using one hand to grab Burris by the front of the jersey and the other hand to grab the pivot in the back, below the top of his shoulder.
As of yesterday afternoon, the Stampeders hadn't submitted a complaint to the CFL head office about the sack, which came with 6:17 remaining in the second quarter.
"From my point of view, I never gave it a second thought," said Tom Higgins, the former Stamps coach and CFL's director of officiating.
"From first initial thoughts when I was watching it, I thought (Barrenechea) took a really good angle and tackled (Burris). I didn't think anything was illegal.
"But I got to be careful not to say anything further because maybe I am missing something."