'Rider indignation

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:19 AM ET

Last year, Henry Burris punctuated his victorious Taylor Field homecoming by standing on the bench taunting fans while pointing at his Stampeders helmet logo.

Booed throughout the game after being labelled a greedy turncoat, traitor and villain for choosing Calgary over Regina, he shouldered the criticism and savoured the win.

It's a year later and time apparently hasn't healed all.

While trying to mask his feelings by reiterating his love for GM Roy Shivers and coach Danny Barrett, Burris still clearly harbours plenty of anger and frustration over the disrespect he felt they afforded him during and after his days in green.

"There was a lot of steam let off on that sideline last year because a lot of people said a lot of things and they were really a bunch of lies," said Burris three days before his next visit to Regina.

"For me to go and set the record straight wouldn't have meant anything, so I just kept my mouth closed and kept playing. I heard people saying, 'I can't believe how Henry treated us and left.' I mean, how did I leave? I'm a guy waiting on a contract and if you don't get a contract, you can't freakin' sign it.

"A lot of people were misled ... and I'm going to stop right there. A lot of innuendos were thrown out there and really nobody is ever going to hear the truth because people have jobs to protect."

People such as Shivers and Barrett, who are on thin ice for a variety of reasons, including their mishandling of Burris.

Burris says ever since he returned from the NFL in 2003, he felt Shivers never wanted him to be the starter ahead of Nealon Greene or anyone.

"He tried to trade me at the end of the 2003 season when I came back and nobody ever knew about that," said an agitated Burris.

"Thankfully I was able to (play) in 2004 and do my thing.

"Then, with Danny, all of a sudden it's like, 'We want you now.' It's like, 'Oh, so you've been trying to trade me all this time and


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