Ticats' Chris Williams wins court ruling

The Hamilton Ticats, locked in a bitter dispute with star receiver and return specialist Chris...

The Hamilton Ticats, locked in a bitter dispute with star receiver and return specialist Chris Williams, lost a ruling in Ontario Superior Court of Justice Thursday, leaving Williams a free agent. (Reuters)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:30 PM ET

TORONTO - It appears Chris Williams has found a hole in another defence.

The Ticats, locked in a bitter dispute with their star receiver and return specialist, lost a ruling in Ontario Superior Court of Justice Thursday.

The court quashed an arbitrator’s decision that said the team's contract with Williams was binding.

The CFL players’ association said Thursday the decision makes Williams, who set a club record with 17 touchdowns last season, a free agent and able to sign in the NFL, or with another CFL team.

The court also ruled the team must pay $8,500 in court costs.

The Tiger-Cats and the CFL said they would appeal the Superior Court ruling.

The arbitrator had ruled that Williams’ contract with the Ticats was binding even though the club violated the CFL’s collective bargaining agreement with the CFLPA. The arbitrator ruled while the Ticats violated the CBA by negotiating with an unregistered agent the penalty was a fine and not termination of the contr


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