B.C. tackle's antics have Esks fuming

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- The trash talking has already started for Friday's clash at Commonwealth Stadium.

After Rob Murphy's antics this past Friday at B.C. Place during the Edmonton Eskimos 27-20 victory against the B.C. Lions, both sides are wearing their emotions on their sleeves with the rematch six days away.

Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia wants the CFL head office to look at the play where Murphy -- B.C.'s controversial offensive tackle -- clearly sat on top of Edmonton defensive back Jason Goss and used one hand to twist and pin his opponent's head to the ground.

That play late in the second quarter this past Friday -- with the ball nowhere near -- has the Eskimos steamed.

"I saw (Murphy) on top of one of my guys (Goss), doing unnecessary (expletive) -- so what I do is protect my guys," said Edmonton's Dario Romero, describing why he dove at Murphy to get him off Goss.

"I know what Rob does. I didn't think twice. I just wanted to get him off."

That brought Edmonton safety Siddeeq Shabazz into the fight.

CHOKED

"Murphy choked my injured teammate (Goss) and he was on the ground on top of another one of my teammates (Romero). I jumped on and started pulling him off," said Shabazz.

"(I) never threw a punch."

But the officiating crew led by head referee Ken Lazaruk claims Shabazz threw at least one punch and tossed him out of the game.

Romero and Murphy got to stay in the game, although both were hit with unnecessary roughness penalties.

Conveniently or not, Murphy claimed to have no immediate knowledge after the game of his blatant pin job on Goss.

It was the same pin move he has used in the past against Saskatchewan's John Chick and Edmonton's Adam Braidwood.

"Did I do it again?" said Murphy. "I kind of get in a zone and I don't know what is going on out there."

But Murphy's memory is suddenly a lot better about what happened to him at other times during the same game.

"I got drilled by Romero. Then there were six (or) seven guys punching the (bleep) out of me," Murphy claimed on the fight that occurred after he was hammered off Goss.

The CFL's head office delivered new player safety standards on Oct. 2 that claim any illegal act that creates a substantial and unnecessary risk of injury will be subject to a mandatory suspension.

Considering Murphy is a three-time offender of the same act, it will be interesting to see if the league does anything in advance of Friday's Edmonton-B.C. game at Commonwealth Stadium.

"If they are going to look at that," stated Murphy, "they should look at all the knees and other (bleep) going on out there. I was trying to get off the pile. I couldn't get off because everyone was on me."

As for Goss, he returned to the game in the second half and was fine afterward.

He doesn't recall much of the play, but isn't surprised Murphy didn't get off him after the lineman stripped him of the ball in a wild double-fumble play.

"He's known as the dirtiest lineman in the league. I wouldn't say it was a surprise," said Goss, who believes a blow to his head when Romero knocked Murphy off him caused his headache.


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