Pilon fine with ruling

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:37 AM ET

Jeff Pilon wasn't interested in wading into the controversy surrounding the CFL's toothless disciplinary program.

The big Stamps offensive lineman, who will sit out Friday's game in Regina (8 p.m., TSN) with a bad shoulder, said he's OK with Esks defender Agustin Barrenechea being handed a $1,000 fine for his hit on Winnipeg Blue Bombers QB Kevin Glenn.

"You know, it's not my team," Pilon said.

"If it was my team that got hit ...

"I saw the hit and it did seem a little bit late.

"But it has to go through everything with the (Players' Association). And if he gets a fine, he gets a fine and you move on."

Pilon was involved in a situation last year that may have played a role in Barrenechea receiving a slap on the wrist.

Esks linebacker A.J. Gass got into a scuffle with Pilon last year and then launched ex-Stamp John Comiskey's helmet down the field.

The CFL attempted to suspend Gass, who had the banishment thrown out in court.

"It has to go through arbitration, and then you can appeal the arbitration," Pilon said of the costly process. "So you have two chances.

"What they did was fine. Of course, Winnipeg is probably really (p-oed) about it.

"But it went through all the proper channels, so you just move on."

On the same day Barrenechea, a former Calgary Dino, found out he was $1,000 poorer, New York Jets safety Eric Smith was hit with a $50,000 fine and suspended for a game for his hit on Arizona receiver Anquan Boldin.

But with an obvious disparity between the two players' salaries, Pilon said the two incidents aren't comparable.

"But, in the CFL, a big part of it is getting hit in the pocketbook," he said. "You're not making NFL money, so that's a big hit."

Extra points

Pilon, safety Wes Lysack (ankle) and defensive end Mike Labinjo (ankle) are out for Friday's tilt. Receiver Ryan Thelwell (kidney) had an MRI and head coach John Hufnagel said the club's medical staff would look at the results before making a decision as to the veteran's availability.


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