Stamps' West plays despite losing brother in shooting

Stamps' Joe West received some devastating news prior to Sunday's game against the RedBlacks in...

Stamps' Joe West received some devastating news prior to Sunday's game against the RedBlacks in Ottawa.

SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:53 PM ET

 OTTAWA — The Calgary Stampeders were playing with heavy hearts Sunday afternoon.

Just hours before the game, Stampeders wide receiver Joe West was informed that his brother, 23-year-old Brandon Hobdy, was shot and killed in what has been ruled a double homicide in Arkansas.

“After an extremely difficult morning, Joe decided to play and was a great inspiration to our football team,” Stampeders GM/head coach John Hufnagel said following his team's 32-7 win over the Ottawa RedBlacks.

West, choking back tears, met with the media after the game.

“I found out my little brother got murdered last night ... I just can't do it without my teammates,” West said. “It was hard but it was a challenge and every challenge brings change, so I just accepted it. I knew I had brothers on my side on the field and we pulled out the win — we got it.”

The 30-year-old wideout caught four balls for 129 yards in the game.


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