Stamps fined after Sunday's melee

Defensive Linemen Kai Ellis of the Edmonton Eskimos rips off the helmet of Jabari Arthur of the...

Defensive Linemen Kai Ellis of the Edmonton Eskimos rips off the helmet of Jabari Arthur of the Calgary Stampeders, during CFL football at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alberta Sunday, August 15, 2010. (Photo by AL CHAREST/Calgary Sun)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:21 PM ET

Even in their bye week, three Calgary Stampeders teammates have absorbed a hit.

To their wallets.

Defensive end Mike Labinjo, cornerback Brandon Browner and receiver Romby Bryant were each fined undisclosed amounts by the league for their role in an altercation with members of the Edmonton Eskimos during Sunday's 56-15 massacre at McMahon Stadium.

Eskimos receivers Tremayne Kirkland and Andre Talbot were also disciplined.

“The fines speak for themselves, but we will have a little chat about it,” said Stamps head coach John Hufnagel. “My position is the same as it was after the game — we do not want any part of that. But it's hard. I'm not saying it's easy when you do have things that happen during the course of a game, but we need to keep our heads and hopefully have better poise the next time it occurs, if it occurs.”

The skirmish was sparked after Kirkland was tackled on a reception, with both Labinjo and Talbot tumbling to the turf on top of him. Kirkland sprung to his feet and started throwing punches, while Labinjo was spotted dropping his knee into Talbot.

After the game, the Stamps defensive end accused Talbot of grabbing him by the facemask, but he also admitted he lost his head.

“I did. Once that guy clocked me, I lost it,” Labinjo said. “When everything stopped, I was thinking, ‘I hope it doesn’t look as bad on film as it was on the field.’ ”

Turns out, it did.

The league announced Monday it would review the incident and although Kirkland was the only player ejected, four others will be shelling out a portion of their paycheque.

There could have been more fines levied after Sunday's lopsided affair.

Eskimos defensive lineman Kai Ellis smacked Stamps receiver Jabari Arthur in the side of his helmet, while Calgary's Miguel Robede was disqualified for rough play after a shoving match with Edmonton's Aaron Fiacconi.

Although the lopsided Battle of Alberta ended with some fireworks, Hufnagel doesn't expect any fallout when the provincial rivals meet again on Labour Day.

“It was a heat of the moment thing and I'm sure it will be forgotten when we line up to play them again,” Hufnagel said. “It is a fine line and it is an emotional game, and we can't have that on our football team or in our league. I thought the officials did a nice job of trying to control an intense situation and, like I said, I truly believe the next time these two teams play, there won't be any hard feelings concerning what happened the last game.”

wes.gilbertson@sunmedia.ca


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