CFLPA calls for sanction against Eskimos GM Ed Hervey

GM Ed Hervey watches an Eskimos practice at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Friday, Aug. 30,...

GM Ed Hervey watches an Eskimos practice at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. (David Bloom/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:56 AM ET

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.


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