Plea to CFL falls short

JASON HILLS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

A.J. Gass made his plea, but the verdict remained the same.

The Edmonton Eskimos middle linebacker will not be participating in Saturday's tilt with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Regina after his suspension was upheld yesterday.

Gass spent close to 60 minutes on the telephone with CFL commissioner Mark Cohon yesterday afternoon and Cohan felt Gass's helmet throwing incident against the Calgary Stampeders Aug.4, was a 'dangerous act'.

"It's disappointing the decision didn't go my way, but I said what was needed to be said," explained Gass after the ruling took place.

"He said it was a 'dangerous act' and that's what he based it on."

Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia also wasn't happy with the decision, especially with the current list of injured Eskimos that won't be available for this week's game; however he was happy with how the hearing process went down.

"You have to respect the league's decision," said Maciocia.

"I am happy they made the decision as soon as possible and not in the middle of the work week. Hopefully I am not exposed to many of these situations again, but the appeal process went well."

Gass has the option to go through an arbitration process with the CFL's players association, but he hasn't yet decided whether he will take that route.

"At this point I haven't thought about it too much and I will need to sit down with legal council and weigh the pros and cons," said Gass.

Known as a team player around the locker-room, he isn't about to blow this whole situation out of whack.

"I want to know if it will benefit the team or whether or not it will be a distraction.

"If it's something that can help the team immediately, then it's worth a shot."


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