Fine line between nasty hit and football hit

Stampeders' Jon Cornish takes a nasty hit from Alouettes' Kyries Hebert during CFL action in...

Stampeders' Jon Cornish takes a nasty hit from Alouettes' Kyries Hebert during CFL action in Calgary on June 28, 2014. (Darren Makowichuk/QMI Agency)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:50 PM ET

The big news of the week is the Hamilton stadium debacle, and we’ll get to that in a bit.

First, though, let’s try once again to distinguish the difference between a nasty hit and a football hit in the CFL, because there still appears to be plenty of confusion.

It all started when Alouettes linebacker Kyries Hebert clotheslined Stampeders running back Jon Cornish, knocking him cold and leaving him with a concussion. The league deemed it to be a reckless football hit. It was reckless all right, but it looked like it had some intent behind it, too.

It was a good opportunity for the league to bring down the hammer on such hits, but all it did was fine Hebert half of his game cheque. That’s a hefty chunk of change for a CFLer, but a suspension probably would have sent a stronger message.

“Looking at all the footage of all the different angles that we had, what Ky was saying to us is that he was trying to make a football play,” commissioner Mark Cohon said last week.


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