Jeff Pilon probably won't enjoy the latest practical joke in the Edmonton Eskimo locker-room.
After practice yesterday, linebacker A.J. Gass returned to his stall to see a note and a protective jock strap.
This came on the heels of Gass's allegations last weekend that Pilon - a member of the Calgary Stampeders - grabbed his private parts. That happened moments before Gass snapped and threw John Comiskey's helmet down the field.
The note read: "Sorry for being so frisky. Please accept this gift (the jock strap) as a reminder of my admiration...best of luck with your appeal."
It was signed: Jeff Pilon, No. 64 (a.k.a. 'Cuddles')
Taped to a rung in the locker stall was a jock strap labelled 'The Pilon Protector.'
In reality, kicker Sean Fleming was the jokester - and Gass didn't seem to mind.
"It is all in good fun," said Fleming. "You have to make light of the situation.
"A.J. - at the time - obviously had a reason for what he did. It's a serious issue, obviously, but you have to have a little fun too."
Equipment manager Dwayne Mandrusiak provided the jock strap.