Khari gets a gig

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:48 AM ET

Khari Jones will be standing on the sidelines at Rogers Centre in Toronto this weekend for the Argos' home opener against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

But he won't be suited up in a team uniform.

Instead, he'll be wearing a flashy suit while working the game for CBC.

About 48 hours after being cut by the Edmonton Eskimos last Saturday, Jones was hired by the public broadcaster to become a sideline reporter for CFL games.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to stay around football and doing something I love, which is talk about football," said Jones.

To no surprise, Jones hasn't fielded any calls from other teams since being cut by Edmonton.

But this new TV gig doesn't mean he has officially closed the door on playing.

"I never want to say 100% on anything because if the feeling hits me (to play again) then it could happen again," he said.

"But my wife might tackle me before I get out on the field again. She doesn't want to see me get hit anymore."

So at the moment, his concentration is on his latest TV assignment - and his hiring makes complete sense considering he played quarterback for 11 years in the league and has TV experience from acting roles in movies.

And Jones doesn't believe he'll struggle with being critical while talking about former teammates.

"Anything I would say is something I would tell them," he said.

"I'm going to tell it like I see it."

FINISH LINES: Although Jones's summer TV schedule hasn't been finalized, CBC will broadcast the Edmonton-Winnipeg tilt on July 1.


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