Lions' Bruce exchanges words with cops
By HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency
|B.C. Lions' Arland Bruce (JACK BOLAND/QMI Agency)
VANCOUVER - B.C. Lions star receiver Arland Bruce was detained by police after getting into a verbal altercation with officers on the weekend.
Police confirmed Monday that the incident occurred early Sunday morning after Bruce was given a parking ticket in downtown Vancouver.
"Mr. Bruce was involved in a parking infraction, like hundreds of people in Vancouver are everyday." Vancouver Police Department constable Lindsey Houghton said. "He has a right, like everyone who gets a ticket, to appeal it."
Bruce was not charged and was not intoxicated, police said.
The incident will not affect Bruce's status with the team or his availability for the playoffs, the Lions said in a statement. The Lions are home to the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL West final Sunday at B.C. Place.
The Lions did not practise Monday and will return to the field Tuesday.
The Lions acquired Bruce in a trade Aug. 3 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The 33-year-old has been a major part of the Lions' resurgence this season, catching 49 passes for 755 yards and eight touchdowns.
After Bruce's arrival, the Lions won 10 of their next 11 games and clinched first place in the West on the last week of the season with an 11-7 record. They earned a bye into the West final.
The Grey Cup will also be held in Vancouver Nov. 27.
-- with files from Richard Zussman