CFL's social dis-ease

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:12 AM ET

CALGARY - An alleged hacker caused headaches for Henry Burris earlier this week.

Some CFL players have created their own problems on Twitter, the popular social networking site that’s given pro athletes a forum to interact with fans.

While the Stamps investigate the origins of the offside comment posted to Burris’ account after the star quarterback told team officials he wasn’t responsible for it, here’s a recap of the CFL’s five most notable Twitter flaps so far this season.

Playing the name game

You can call me ... Runako Reth?

Enigmatic receiver Arland Bruce III is known for his quirky behaviour, and his Twitter account has been no exception.

Not long before he was traded from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to the B.C. Lions earlier this season, Bruce logged on to tell the world about his plans to change his name to Runako Reth.

Bruce even directed a Twitter message to Sean (P. Diddy) Combs, telling the rapper, “i took that slave name off my back... Google me RUNAKO RETH.”

Bruce later told reporters that Runako Reth means handsome king in an African dialect.

Free (agent) speech

A war of words, and defensive back Dwight Anderson wasn’t even in the middle of it?

The Montreal Alouettes balked at running back Avon Cobourne’s salary demands during the off-season, only to sign Anderson to a big-ticket deal.

Cobourne, who inked a free-agent deal with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats instead, didn’t hide his displeasure with Montreal’s decision-makers.

“ALS let me goto free agency and they pick up D Anderson?” Cobourne wrote. “Great team guy this guy and a guy that fights with his teammates.. That guy.. Lmbo.”

Cobourne later blasted Anderson on Twitter, accusing him of being a dirty player.

Releasing the news

Tad Kornegay needed fewer than 140 characters to get Rider Nation riled up.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders released the outspoken defensive back after their third consecutive loss to start the season, and Kornegay spread the news online before the team announced the move.

Kornegay initially posted, “#RiderNation sorry to say but as od Midnight I will no longer be a Roughrider. On Waivers. I know...#notsmart I wish it wasn’t true.”

Several of his teammates — including quarterback Darian Durant — logged on later that night to share their shock and disappointment.

Kornegay has since signed with the B.C. Lions.

Tina's own take

Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice is pretty careful about what he posts on his Twitter account.

His wife, Tina, is apparently the trash-talker in this family.

Tina LaPolice stirred the pot prior to Friday’s showdown between the Blue Bombers and Hamilton Tiger-Cats, responding to Tabbies receiver Dave Stala’s criticism of the Swaggerville nickname that the city of Winnipeg has adopted in recent weeks.

“We’ll see, hacky sack boy!” Tina LaPolice wrote. “#GoBombers.”

During Thursday’s pre-game media conference, Paul LaPolice joked he’d enrol his wife in the same media training as the players.

Cutting Cuttino

Conte Cuttino out-tweeted his welcome at Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ training camp.

The rookie running back was trimmed from the Tabbies’ roster in June after twice sharing information about injuries to his teammates on his Twitter account.

“(Cuttino) did some good things in camp, but a team rule was broken,” Tiger-Cats head coach Marcel Bellefeuille told the Hamilton Spectator. “Because of that, I cut him.”

Stamps receiver Johnny Forzani also tweeted an injury update after Calgary’s season-opener, revealing kicker Rob Maver had a ‘torn quad’ after the special-teamer missed three-of-four field-goal attempts in a loss.


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