Henry Burris wants the brahaha laid to rest.
The Calgary Stampeders quarterback said after Tuesday’s practice he will no longer discuss the photos of him wearing a bra and no shirt, with one of the pictures of him beside a women, who is not his wife, donning the same ensemble.
Before that, though, Burris went on the offensive, reiterating the story in Tuesday’s Calgary Sun the photos were part of a prank at his birthday party in June, the girl is a friend of his and his wife, Nicole, knew all about it.
“I don’t need to be explaining a birthday party with friends,” Burris said. “I’m not going to bring any light for those people who are trying to dim the life we live. My family is going to stick together and enjoy our life together.”
The photos have created a major internet stir, but also serve as a reminder to Burris and all athletes how much their lives remain in the microscope.
And how quickly people want to tear them down.
“People laugh and smile in your face and say they love you, but then walk three steps and say, ‘I hate that guy.’ It’s part of the business,” said Stamps receiver Ken-Yon Rambo. “People know us as football players and don’t know us off-field people.
“We do got to watch what we do and watch our surroundings. We are regular people, but we’re not regular people. You’ve got to watch everybody. You’ve got to watch friends. You’ve got to watch family members.
“I think (the photos have) gotten blown out of proportion.”
Receiver Nik Lewis, who has seen his share of controversy on the field and via his Twitter account, said the tale is example of how people read into a situation what they want, even without the facts.
“It’s like I said about Twitter. Once you put it out there, when something gets out there, everybody has their own opinion whether it’s right or wrong,” he said. “We’re focused on Montreal. We’re not going to focus on pictures.”
At least GM/head coach John Hufnagel found humour in a situation he doesn’t believe is important to anyone’s life but Burris’.
“I thought the bra size was too large,” he said before adding: “Henry has said what it was all about. Let’s talk about something that’s important.”
Naturally, with the Stamps coming off back-to-back losses, the questions are out there whether the pictures have become a distraction.
“It’s amazing how everybody is taking it to this point,” he said. “Through this, you find out who your true friends and family are. My teammates have been beside me. They understand people play pranks sometimes and that’s how it goes. This won’t cause any bump in the road for us. It will only fire us up. We know the people behind this. They are in Regina.”
EXTRA POINTS: Stampeders DB Keon Raymond and his wife Bianca are the proud parents of a baby girl to go with their three sons. Gabrielle Virginia Shree Raymond was born Monday, cThe couple has three sons, Keon Jr., Dashaun and Ramael ... The third annual PinkPower fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society raised more than $48,000 with the sale of Stamps toques and scarves during Saturday’s home game against the B.C. Lions.