EDMONTON - The last time Ed Hervey made a rookie mistake would have been during his first year playing in the CFL back in 1999.
Fast-forward past an eight-year all-star-studded championship career, and he’s coming off his biggest blunder in his first season as general manager of the club, when he held a rare and surprisingly candid press conference to single out offensive guard Simeon Rottier.
“Clearly Simeon has not lived up to expectations,” Hervey said last week, following a 37-34 Labour Day Classic loss to the Calgary Stampeders to fall to 1-8 on the season. “Simeon will not play (in last) Friday(‘s rematch). It would not bother me if Simeon did not play a down this year.”
The comments, it turns out, bothered the players association, which called them “both inappropriate and contrary to the collective bargaining agreement,” in a press release issued Monday.
Spelling what could become big trouble for the Eskimos brass.