Tillman to go to Moncton

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:37 AM ET

MONCTON, N.B. — Eric Tillman is coming after all.

The new general manager of the Edmonton Eskimos is coming to Touchdown Atlantic, despite reports that the team and the league didn't want him here, and then that it was 100% Tillman's idea.

Now he’ll be flying here Saturday and being in the stadium Sunday to watch the Edmonton Eskimos play the Toronto Argos in the first regular-season, neutral-site CFL game in history.

“When we first discussed it, it was always feasible. He was never told to stay away,” said Eskimos president and CEO LeLacheur.

“It was his decision not to come for the week as he had a lot of film to watch and we are identifying who to bring in when the practice roster expands.

“He also felt it was important not to be a distraction for the game or the festival that is part of Touchdown Atlantic.

“But it made a lot of sense for him to come in just for the game.

“I’m fine with it. He’s way better to come in for the game to see how we play.

“He should be here. He’s the GM.”

Tillman is happy his new team took the supportive stand.

“I’m flying out for the weekend. Quite frankly, some of it is based on the situation and being able to adapt as you go.

“What I thought was in the best interests of all, the league and the event and the Eskimos, is not affected by me coming for the game.

“I have reviewed the contracts and prepared for the roster expansions.

“There is a small amount of salary-cap space available. Examining all that and studying film was really the plan.

“The biggest thing that altered all of it was the way we played in Montreal.”

He said the fact that he’s coming and that the Eskimos organization and the Canadian Football League are both good with it makes him happy.

“The judge and the family forgave me,” he said of being given an absolute discharge without criminal record, after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting his children’s teenage babysitter.

“It (the team’s and league’s attitude) pretty much says it all,” he said.

“The focus for me is now for football and on the future.”


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