Fined but not so dandy

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:22 AM ET

Three Calgary Stampeders were handed fines yesterday for a recent verbal altercation with officials.

Still, one Stamp remains anything but fine with the reffing this season.

Linebacker JoJuan Armour wasn't involved in the post-game incident following Friday's 37-34 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, but it stemmed -- in part -- from a play in which he was involved.

Following the game, defensive line coach Cornell Brown and some players yelled at the refs -- whose dressing room was across from the visitors locker-room at Mosaic Stadium -- before Stamps head coach John Hufnagel diffused the situation by herding his coach and players away.

Yesterday, Brown was slapped with a $2,500 tab for his part -- arguing a play in which Armour was flagged for objectionable conduct -- while defensive backs Brandon Browner and Dwight Anderson were hit with undisclosed penalties for yelling about a different call.

Armour shares his teammates anger and frustration.

"I've had my incidents with the refs, but I've seen things this year with officiating that I've never experienced in my life," said Armour, who was kicked out of a game earlier this season for knocking over a ref after being pushed by an opponent.

"On one of the last plays of the game, I got a flag and I didn't say anything to the guy. I was being held and asked why.

"I've seen the ref turn around and hype up the crowd (in Saskatchewan). We're going in to score, and the ref turns around to hype up the crowd. I've never seen that.

"I've seen things that are totally uncalled for, and I'm not even speaking about my ejection against Saskatche-wan in the first game, which was already apologized for," continued Armour.

"Cooler heads have to prevail when you are faced with so many obstacles. But we feel like the world is against us."

Brown is remorseful and regrets the incident that occurred in the tunnel outside the locker-rooms at Mosaic.

As a coach, Brown doesn't want to set a bad example for his players and offered his apologies to the league, his team and the officials.

"It's my own mistake for being unprofessional and doing things I shouldn't have been doing," Brown said.

"I asked about a call, and the timing was inappropriate. The surroundings made it more uncomfortable for those guys. It made it difficult all the way around."

Although Browner refused to comment on the fine, Anderson said he accepted the penalty.

"You always learn something when you lose money," Anderson said. "My wife isn't going to be happy I lost money. I'm going to have deal with it when I get home.

"That's the price you have to pay when you do things like that. You have to be a man about it. If you do it, you have to pay the price. I told my teammates in the secondary it was embarrassing on my part."

Browner and Anderson were upset at not getting an onside kick attempt late in the loss in Regina.

Browner went up in the air and knocked a Sandro DeAngelis kick out of bounds. It was called correctly -- Browner's feet didn't come down in bounds, which is a quirk in the rule that was only known to special-teams co-ordinator Craig Dickenson.

"I made a mistake about not alerting our players about it," said Dickenson, who thought the rule was so obscure as to never be a factor.

"Maybe we would have approached it differently, but the goal of the play was not to kick it that far out of bounds and not have to make a miraculous play to keep it in."

As for the us-against-the-world mentality, Hufnagel doesn't quite buy into that notion, especially when it comes to officials.

"We don't feel as a football team that the officials are against us," Hufnagel said.

"I think the officiating has been very good. It's been consistent. I haven't left the field feeling the officials cost us a game. They work hard.

"They are right a lot more than they are given credit for. There is room for improvement, just like our green-zone offence."


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