Jimenez alleges low blow by Perry

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:46 AM ET

REGINA -- Fred Perry is in the spotlight - for all the wrong reasons.

The detailed description of an alleged incident at Mosaic Stadium last week involving the Saskatchewan Roughrider's top defensive player is rather disturbing.

In fact, the allegations made against the stud defensive end are rarely printed or heard, even in the violent game of football.

But for Perry, it's just another chapter in a checkered past that continues to follow him - no matter how good he's playing.

According to B.C. Lion offensive lineman Jason Jimenez, Perry grabbed him by the cojones during a game last Sunday.

"From previous games, I've annihilated him in play," Jimenez told the Vancouver Sun.

"So he started massaging my genitalia. What am I supposed to do? He's punching my groin area, squeezing it."

PERRY DODGES QUESTIONS

A former Edmonton Eskimo, Perry dodged persistent questions yesterday, refusing to confirm or deny the incident.

"I have no comment on that," he said.

"That game was last week - I am just looking forward to this game."

And that tilt is against the Edmonton Eskimos tonight.

Amazingly, Edmonton's A.J. Gass can speak from experience - somewhat, anyway - on the touchy subject. Although it happened nine years ago, Gass can still vividly remember being punched below the belt on a punt play against the Stampeders.

Gass still believes his unnamed opponent meant to hit him in the stomach. But with Perry's case, he doesn't know.

"If it was intentional - nobody likes to get hit (there) obviously," said Gass. "If it was accidental, then I can see that happening.

"But as far as the massaging (claim), that is a bit extreme in my point of view. But hey, it is one guy's word against another."

While Perry is staying very quiet on the issue, his teammates aren't. Defensive tackle Scott Schultz ripped into Jimenez yesterday.

"I think it looks pretty (freaking) poor," he barked. "Now we got three out of four wins on them and it sounds like they are playing the violin out there (in Vancouver)."

The media spotlight is tainting the fact Perry is having an otherwise brilliant season.

Tied for the league lead with 13 sacks, he deserves consideration for the CFL's Outstanding Defensive Player award.

"He's (freaking) good," said Schultz.

"He's half man and half amazing.

"I always joke with him, saying: 'You're not an animal, you're a manamal.' "

But trouble always seems to follow Perry.

While with the Eskimos in 2001, he had five sacks in just 10 games before suffering a pinched nerve in his neck.

But that injury - according to Perry - also caused a falling out with head coach Tom Higgins. In fact, Perry admits he flipped over a table in the trainer's room in disgust at halftime of one game because he was not being allowed back on the field.

"I could have finished the game and they wouldn't let me finish," he charged. "They tried to sit me down and I didn't feel it was right."

HIGGINS IS NOT HIS FRIEND

Perry left for the NFL the following year, but claims Higgins tried to derail his aspirations.

"When I got there, Higgins tried to black-ball me," he said.

"They tried to tell the Falcons that I have a real bad attitude and this and that.

"I just wanted to play and I got hurt down there - it was my other shoulder."

Perry eventually returned north, but was cut in training camp in Calgary in 2004, calling it a "messed-up situation."

Now, the 31-year-old import is having a career year, thanks to his desire to make a point.

"I have a lot to prove to other people," he said.

Next up is the Eskimo organization.


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