Stampeders president fined

, Last Updated: 7:06 PM ET

TORONTO (CP) -- The Canadian Football League has fined Calgary Stampeders president Ron Rooke for publicly stating he planned to pursue Saskatchewan quarterback Henry Burris.

The statement was in violation of CFL tampering bylaws.

Rooke told the Calgary Sun that the Stamps were setting their sights on re-acquiring Burris, who played three seasons in Calgary as a backup to Jeff Garcia and Dave Dickenson.

"We can't talk to him until February but if he becomes a free agent, this organization is going to go hard after him," Rooke told the Sun on Tuesday.

"We want Henry Burris and Khari Jones to be a one-two punch," Rooke added.

Burris is the property of the Roughriders, but becomes a free agent on Feb. 15. Under CFL bylaws, teams cannot express an interest in a player under contract with another club.

The commissioner's office, with the senior vice-president of football operations, investigated allegations about the comments and after talks with the Stampeders organization, imposed a fine Thursday.

Burris led the Roughriders to the West final two weeks ago against the B.C. Lions, losing 27-25 in overtime.


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