Details sketchy when preventing criticism of CFL players

Eskimos players and coaches talk strategy on the bench during last Friday's game against the...

Eskimos players and coaches talk strategy on the bench during last Friday's game against the Stampeders at Commonwealth Stadium. Calgary defeated Edmonton 22-12. (Amber Bracken/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:29 AM ET

EDMONTON - Since when is an employer not allowed to criticize the performance of an employee?

Since the current collective bargaining agreement was struck between the CFL and their players association, that’s when.

But the league didn’t provide any details on how such a stipulation was included when contacted by the Sun on Tuesday morning.

After all, coaching staffs are asked to evaluate on-field efforts of specific players in the media all the time, so what’s the difference when Edmonton Eskimos general manager Ed Hervey spoke his mind last week?

“That would be a comment that you could take to Jamie Dykstra and the league,” Hervey said, referring to the CFL communications and broadcast director. “I’m just looking forward to this weekend.

“Our players here know how passionate our organization is about winning and we’re not living up to that expectation right now.


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