Boerigter breaks silence, didn't ask for trade

IAN BUSBY, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

Marc Boerigter wants to make it clear: He hasn't asked for a trade and doesn't want out of Calgary.

The Stampeders receiver, who was a healthy scratch against the B.C. Lions Friday, broke his silence yesterday about the situation.

"I find it quite comical that people said I asked for a trade when I didn't ask for anything," the 29-year-old said. "I don't know who is floating that out there.

"I know why the decision was made. It's not entirely to do with what's happening on the field. I'm not happy about it, but I understand it.

"Whatever is going to happen is going to happen. Obviously I want to play, but I wouldn't ask out of here. For that to be speculated on didn't come from me."

Boerigter, who signed with the Stamps as an NFL free agent, sat out the Montreal trip because of a knee injury and was informed before the first practice this week he wouldn't return to the lineup against B.C.

He went out and ran scout team offence but refused to speak to the media about his situation during the week.

"I didn't talk because it wasn't in the team's best interest," Boerigter said. "I didn't want to be a distraction because we're trying to win a game."

Head coach Tom Higgins said it's too early to decide if Boerigter would return for the Labour Day Classic against Edmonton Sept. 3 because the team is going to enjoy a bye week.

Boerigter hasn't received any indication about which way the staff is leaning.

"Nobody has said anything to me about what is going to happen," Boerigter said. "I go day by day waiting to see what happens."


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