Murphy just a regular guy?

Rob Murphy doesn't care what anybody thinks about his play on the field. (Sun Media/Darren...

Rob Murphy doesn't care what anybody thinks about his play on the field. (Sun Media/Darren Makowichuk)

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

Rob Murphy doesn't care what Edmonton football fans think.

In fact, the B.C. Lions controversial offensive tackle doesn't care what anybody thinks outside of his locker room and immediate family.

Facing the Edmonton media cameras yesterday for the first time since his pin move on Edmonton defensive back Jason Goss last Friday, Murphy was rather blunt.

"The only concern I have is how my teammates view me. You guys - the media - can say what you want. I whole-heartedly don't care what anyone else thinks beside my teammates and my wife at home," said Murphy.

"That is all that matters to me."

Murphy stirred the pot earlier this week by claiming he was provoked to pin Goss on the B.C. Place turf last week because he was poked in the eye.

This came after Murphy seemed to suffer amnesia immediately after the game because he didn't seem to recall the play that saw him squat over Goss and use one hand to pin his head and helmet to one side.

In advance of tonight's rematch between the Edmonton Eskimos and B.C. Lions at Commonwealth Stadium (7 p.m., CISN-FM), Murphy's antics are still the hot topic.

B.C. head coach Wally Buono offered his voice to the debate yesterday - defending the most despised player in this city.

"Rob is not out of control and going around punching everything," said Buono. "Everybody has a story and everybody has a side. Some chose to believe one. Some chose to believe another.

"Rob is not an issue. He is a hard-working guy who is a great teammate. He will go to the wall for his teammates."

Buono appears to believe that part of the reason for the reaction to Murphy's pin moves is the CFL hasn't seen his act for many years.

"The unfortunate thing... (is) this league has had more of the offensive line mentality of brothers-in-laws," said Buono.

"I'm in Hawaii last year during the Christmas holiday and they are talking to John Madden about what does he want in an offensive lineman. What kind of things are they looking for to give a guy $15 million for six years (in the NFL).

"He described Rob Murphy. Intense, mean, tough, aggressive."

Buono doen't believe Murphy's pin move "is a big deal."

As for the bad blood between the two teams spilling over tonight, there doesn't seem to be a sense that will happen in a game that means so much to both teams fighting for first place.

About the most concrete thing that can be said came from Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia.

"He is the kind of guy you don't like to play against," said Maciocia on Murphy."(But the) kind of guy you would like to have on your football team."


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