The Canadian Football League Players' Association is taking some heat in the aftermath of Edmonton Eskimo Agustin Barrenechea receiving just a fine for his vicious hit to Winnipeg quarterback Kevin Glenn last week.
There are suggestions the CFL would have loved to have hit Barrenechea with a heftier penalty - like a suspension - but the appeal process would have surely eliminated a suspension. The charge is the players won't change the appeal process.
But Kamau Peterson - one of the Eskimos' CFLPA representatives - doesn't seem convinced the players' association is partially at fault for Barrenechea escaping without suspension.
"It sounds kind of speculative," Peterson said on the rumblings from some media circles this week.
"If they (league executives) are reluctant to suspend based on the idea he may appeal, who is to say (Barrenechea) would have appealed?
"Either way, the appeal process has to be there, otherwise anybody can just levy any type of fine or suspension the league deems fit.
"I think the PA does a good job looking out for the rights of the players."