Fleming masterminds practical jock ... er, joke

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:07 AM ET

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.


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