Hellard makes a statement

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Excerpts from the statement made by Stamps president Ted Hellard yesterday that earned the football club a $10,000 fine for 'disparaging remarks' against the CFL:

"... as an organization we do not agree with the decision rendered by our league office. Henry Burris, as all quarterbacks within the CFL, are critical to the success of our league. Our rules are written to go out of our way to protect whenever possible some of our most valuable assets. We have reviewed more than 50 calls which have been made this year for roughing with respect to quarterbacks. It is our opinion that Henry had given himself up, was completely out of bounds, completely on the ground, and the ball had both struck the ground and was actually out of his hand and the play completely dead, all this occurring before the hit took place. In comparison to the 50 or more plays that we have reviewed, in our opinion this play was clear-cut roughing and should have resulted in a penalty and the ball first-and-goal from the two-yard line.

"In our opinion, had this occurred, the result of the game would be entirely different, and the Stampeders would be 7-4-1 and second place in the (West Division). This record would have all but insured us a playoff spot."


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