Cowards of the bounty?

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

Some Calgary Stampeders are claiming a bounty was placed on their heads in back-to-back games against the B.C. Lions.

Defensive co-ordinator Denny Creehan alleges the Lions offered cash or steak dinners for injuring his players.

Defensive back Jermaine Chatman had his left arm broken when he was kicked by Lions receiver Jason Clermont during Sunday's 32-25 Stamps win at McMahon.

"It was intentional by Jason Clermont," Creehan told CFCN Tuesday.

"Chappy was going around him and he just kicked his foot up, kicked him right in the arm, tried to leg-whip him.

"We've been talking to the league for two weeks about this leg-whipping business.

"Apparently B.C. gets a bounty -- $60 and/or a steak dinner -- if they get one of our guys out of the game by leg-whipping us."

Lions head coach Wally Buono said yesterday the accusations are inflammatory and has approached the league to complain.

"The thing that's annoying to me is that an assistant coach would go on national TV and make comments that, first of all, I believe are inflammatory, which I believe is out of line," said Buono, who also discussed the matter with Stamps head coach Tom Higgins.

"Usually, in our business, the head coach picks up the phone and calls the other head coach and it is discussed. I did speak to Mr. Higgins today.

"He did have the dignity and the class to call me after I called him. That's the professional way to do it."

Buono denied he or his assistants have offered his players incentives to hurt opposing players.

"That's not something I told them and I don't believe that's something anybody told them," Buono said.

"It was unfortunate Mr. Chatman had his arm broken but that's the business we're in. When you step on the field -- I played for a lot of years -- there is always a risk factor."

Stampeders defensive lineman Rahim Abdullah said yesterday a B.C. offensive lineman, whom he would not name, told him Lions players would be rewarded for injuring Stamps. Other Stampeders claimed the comments were made by Rob Murphy, an import lineman who missed Sunday's rematch after having arthroscopic surgery on his wrist.

"He said, 'If I take one of you guys out, I get a steak dinner,' " Abdullah said.

"I was like, 'Wow, that's how much we're worth? A steak dinner?' ... I figure I'm worth a little more than a steak dinner."

Chatman said yesterday he had heard of the bounty but that his injury could have been accidental.

"I heard it on the field (in Vancouver) when a guy tried to leg-whip Brian Clark on one play and he told Brian, 'If I get you, I get a steak dinner,' " Chatman said.

"I'm hoping my injury wasn't an intentional thing.

"Guys can have different intent but I'm hoping they wouldn't try to intentionally hurt players on the field."

Chatman's season is over.

Stamps nose tackle Sheldon Napastuk suffered a knee injury in the first game in Vancouver two weeks ago and could be out until the playoffs.


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