Lewis files official complaint

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

Nik Lewis has filed a written statement to the CFL regarding allegations an on-field official used a racial slur while addressing the Stampeders receiver Friday night in Vancouver.

Lewis provided the league office with a report yesterday, identifying the official he claims told him at the end of the game to, "Get off the field, I don't understand Ebonics."

Ebonics is defined as African-American slang.

Lewis said he expects the league to handle the situation in the same manner it deals with disciplinary action for players.

Last night, the CFL was still investigating the alleged incident involving a member of Jake Ireland's officiating crew.

"The situation is still under investigation and we don't know when a statement will be made public," said Alexis Redmond, CFL director of marketing and communications.

Ireland's seven-man staff was also responsible for a blown call at the end of the game that video replays proved cost the Stampeders a victory over the Lions.

Media reports circulating yesterday suggested Ireland or a member of his crew would be suspended this week for the wrong call. The same crew is scheduled to work the Stampeders game tomorrow night in Winnipeg.

George Black, CFL director of officiating, was unavailable for comment.

GOOD DEAL: The Stampeders can take home their 2004 game-worn jerseys at the end of the season by handing over $75 to equipment manager George Hopkins.

"They've got to make the money somehow," shrugged offensive lineman Jeff Pilon, who plans to buy both his white road and red home No. 64s.

"Geo has a budget he has to stick to. I'd rather pay the 75 bucks than go up to the Stamps Store and pay $250 or whatever they're charging."

When nudged by a local sportswriter to buy one and sign it to peddle for profit on ebay, Pilon jumped on the bright idea.

"Hey, I could make a couple thousand on that sucker, huh?" he said with a chortle.

"I'd rather have mine than let someone on the street have them."

Eleven-year vet Jay McNeil said having to pay for his own jersey is standard procedure.

"It's been like that for as long as I've been in the league, except they gave us our jerseys when we won the Grey Cup," noted McNeil.

"Hey, it's the CFL."

The club's 'third' black jerseys were given to fans two weeks ago at McMahon Stadium.

Hopkins said the club is pondering staging a post-season sale of used equipment in the Stampeders locker-room.

ROOKIE GETS SHOT: Rookie Canadian receiver Craig Spear, on the practice roster since Week 5, will see his first action tomorrow night in Winnipeg.

"It's pretty exciting," Spear said. "It's been a long year on the PR but when you work hard, good things happen.

"I think I'll be more of a special teams contributor this game. I'll just contribute as much as I can."

Spear will take the roster spot of Canadian LB Matt McKnight while import LB Wes Robertson will replace injured defensive lineman Antwone Young.

TIME'S UP: Import defensive back Willie Fields is finished in Calgary.

The fourth-year Stampeders cornerback is healthy but is on the injured reserve list for the fourth consecutive week and will miss tomorrow night's game in Winnipeg.

Fields, 26, is a free agent after this season and isn't expected to receive an offer from the Stamps but could draw interest from B.C. and Ottawa.


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