Discipline needs to come quicker, says commish

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

Mark Cohon only has one regret over the handling of the A.J. Gass file.

With the dust settled on Gass's suspension fiasco from last month, the CFL commissioner admits the initial disciplinary decision has to come quicker.

"We can improve the process - make the decision quicker," said Cohon last night before the start of the Eskimo-Stampeder tilt at Commonwealth Stadium.

After throwing a Calgary helmet 35 yards on Aug. 4, Gass - the Eskimos' middle linebacker - was handed a one-game suspension by the CFL head office.

But that penalty didn't come until Aug. 8 - four days after the game.

That started the bizarre merry-go-round of Gass having a hearing with Cohon - who upheld the suspension on Aug. 13.

The case then went to an independent arbitrator - high-ranking judge and Eskimo season-ticket holder Allan Wachowich - who removed the suspension, replacing it with a $1,250 fine.

But Cohon doesn't see anything wrong with the choice of arbitrator.

"He is a respected judge - someone who is on a list that we selected collaboratively," said Cohon on Wachowich.

"I am not going to disparage him in any way.

"I think he has a well storied career. I am not going to sully that."

STOP STREAKING: After Monday's streaking display at McMahon Stadium - when four full-fledged streakers took to the field - the CFL head office has taken action.

"I want to see less streaking," said Cohon.

"We have spoken to all of our stadium officials and security guys on improving security - to make sure that doesn't happen."

FINISH LINES: Cohon clearly wants to get together on the same page as the CFLPA on what questionable plays should be suspensions in the rule book in the future ... In his first season as CFL commissioner, Cohon seems to be enjoying life.

"Television ratings are up, attendance is up, people are talking about football," said Cohon.


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