Rick attacks dad's critics

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

Rick Campbell has come out swinging in defence of his father.

Hugh Campbell - the Eskimos' CEO - has been severely criticized during this historical season for the Green and Gold, which has broken the 34-year playoff streak.

Some critics have called for him to leave the organization.

"The one thing I am proud of my dad for is how many people he has treated very well here and how many things he has done for the league and the Eskimos and the community," said Rick, the team's defensive co-ordinator. "And I think it is sad when people want to kick people around that have given so much to the game - whether it is Hugh Campbell or Don Matthews or anybody who has done a lot for the CFL and progressed it. It is sad that you wouldn't celebrate some of those people as opposed to kick their ass out of town and see ya later."

The critics have been calling for a re-organization at the top of the club, which features Hugh as CEO and Rick LeLacheur as president and COO. "People will kick you when you are down," continued Rick. "I have been through family members getting fired. I have been through it all. So, I am aware the winds of opinion change, depending on whether you win or lose."


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