Failed bid for peace may cost 'Gade

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:45 AM ET

Jerome Haywood wanted to be a peacemaker, but ended up throwing haymakers.

The Renegades defensive tackle got into a fight during the second quarter of Saturday night's 28-12 victory over the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton.

Haywood and Tiger-Cats offensive lineman Marwan Hage exchanged punches, and both were kicked out of the game.

The melee began when Haywood tried to intervene in a skirmish between teammate Anthony Collier and two Ticats, one of them Hage.

"I went to break it up initially," said Haywood. "I was just trying to pull people off. Then more and more guys were coming, and then one of them (Hage) started throwing jabs.

"I kind of lost it and just reacted," he added. "It was a bad reaction, but I know if I hadn't reacted that way nothing would have happened to that guy."

It appeared that every on-field official threw a flag when the battle began.

After taking a few minutes to sort out the penalties, referee Bud Steen ejected Haywood and Hage, and assessed an extra 15-yard unnecessary roughness charge against the Renegades.

"That's not the way I like to play football," said Haywood. "That's not even football."

Renegades coach-GM Joe Paopao hopes Haywood will be allowed to play in Thursday night's game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Frank Clair Stadium.

REVIEW TAPES

According to Paopao, the CFL will likely review tapes of the incident to determine any fines or suspensions.

"You never know, nowadays. We'll just hope for the best and hopefully we'll learn from these types of lessons," said Paopao.

The Renegades were also involved in a skirmish in their previous game in Regina against the Roughriders.

Saskatchewan defensive lineman Nate Davis, who suffered a knee injury after being blocked by Renegades lineman Morris Unutoa, confronted Ottawa players on the sidelines after the game.

Several players and coaches from both teams gathered on the sidelines, but nothing major developed.

GRID BITS: Renegades FB Cory Hathaway, who scored a touchdown in Saturday's victory, said his family in Lethbridge, Alta., would have been listening to Team 1200's broadcast of the game on the Internet. "I'm sure my mom was jumping up and down," said Hathaway ... The Renegades have a short week of practice, with sessions today and tomorrow at Frank Clair before Thursday's game.


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