Howard won't drop dumping controversy

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:08 AM ET

Glenn Howard will take the debris-dumping controversy into the Roar of the Rings final if he gets there. But Richard Hart wants to put it behind them.

"We're not bothered by the controversy," said Howard of the alleged incident in which Kevin Martin's lead Ben Hebert appeared to visibly dump debris from his broom on the ice in their round-robin game Thursday.

"We just hope Team Martin plays by the rules as far as the sweeping rules go and just sweep properly," said Howard. "That's all we're asking.

"We're just pointing out the fact that they aren't really sweeping the way the rule states. So that's what we'd like them to do and if they do, then that's great."

Hart, who was caught by the TSN cameras and microphones suggesting Hebert had committed the crime and pointing to the video board replay as proof, went out of his way yesterday to leave the controversy behind them.

"I'm not calling those guys cheaters," said Hart. "I brought it to their attention. Maybe I'm to blame. Maybe I'm at fault. Maybe I'm supposed to go to the officials and question if they saw the infraction instead of do what I did. But there is no way I'm calling them cheaters. They are a great team."

The question which needs to be answered here is who is the police? Who's the official who blows the whistle if something like this actually happens? What's the penalty if somebody gets caught?

TERRY.JONES@SUNMEDIA.CA


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