The Rob Murphy saga will not end.
Almost one week after pinning Edmonton defensive back Jason Goss to the turf with his typical WWE-style dirty tactics, the B.C. Lions offensive lineman claims he was provoked.
"I have never choked anyone in a game," Murphy told the TEAM 1040 radio station in Vancouver, referring to suggestions by some people that he was choking Goss.
'THEY'D BE DEAD'
"I've held people down. I mean, if I'd choked someone - they'd be dead, because I would choke someone. So I'm not choking someone on the field, I'm just pinning them down. Anyways, it was because he poked me in the eye."
Goss vehemently denies that claim.
"That is not true," said the 183-pound defensive back on Murphy's allegation.
"I am trying to battle a fat, 300-pound lineman off me."
If you missed it, Murphy forced Goss to fumble the ball in the first half last Friday.
Once the ball was sent several yards down field, Goss rolled over on his back while Murphy squatted over him and used one hand to pin Goss's head and neck to one side against the turf.
Murphy was disciplined by the CFL head office with a fine this week but was not suspended.
That means both players -Murphy and Goss - will be on the field when the Edmonton Eskimos and B.C. Lions stage their rematch tomorrow at Commonwealth Stadium. (7 p.m., CISN FM, possible TSN blackout)
The fact that Murphy now claims Goss poked him in the eye is nothing short of hilarious because Murphy acted like he had a case of amnesia right after his Lions lost last Friday to the Eskimos.
In the immediate aftermath of the game - just two quarters after he pinned Goss on the turf for his third WWE takedown in his CFL career - Murphy seemed oblivious to it all.
"Did I do it again?" said Murphy, when asked about his pin job on Goss.
"I kind of get in a zone and I don't know what is going on out there."
It turns out Murphy now apparently wants to appeal the fine he received from the league head office for his actions against Goss.
"Plain and simple, the fine I got (this week) is because I am - apparently - a repeat offender," Murphy said to Team 1040 in Vancouver. "But I mean, I'm not changing the way I'm playing."
Why would the CFL possibly think of reducing or removing the fine given to Murphy this week?
There is zero reason.
Murphy should be thankful he didn't get slapped with a suspension - which is what he deserved.
I am not saying the Eskimos are innocent in the entire process.
It's possible Goss did poke Murphy in the eye.
But if that happened, Murphy is still at fault for yet another dirty play on his resume.
It has been quite a week for the Lions' tackle - and it will continue today because he is apparently going to meet the Edmonton media this afternoon to add more fuel to the fire for tomorrow's rematch.