Fans likely to forgive Eskimos coach Chris Jones

Chris Jones failed to get the Eskimos on the field in time for the national anthem in Ottawa,...

Chris Jones failed to get the Eskimos on the field in time for the national anthem in Ottawa, something team CEO Len Rhodes says won't happen again — ever. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:11 AM ET

EDMONTON - At 4:30 p.m. local time Friday the the following statement was released:

“The Canadian Football League announced today that it has fined Edmonton Eskimo head coach Chris Jones $5,000 for disregarding pre-game timing protocol during their last three road games. This led to their players entering the field of play late which disrupted pre-game timing and operations.”

Eleven minutes later the Eskimos sent out their own statement:

“We apologize for the team’s on-field absence during the national anthem last Friday in Ottawa. It was not intentional and does not represent the tremendous respect the Edmonton Eskimo Football Club holds for the nation, the league and fans. The absence was the result of an internal miscommunication we have since corrected. Going forward, the team will align with the protocol set out by the league as to not disrupt pre-game timing and game day operations.”


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