Rison's Words Draw Flag From CFL

Perry Lefko -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 6:45 AM ET

Andre Rison has discovered there's a price to pay for free speech in the Canadian Football League. The high-profile Argo receiver has been fined an undisclosed amount by the CFL and his own team for remarks he made about the officiating following Toronto's 44-34 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday.

Rison called it the "worst f---ing case of officiating I've seen in my whole life."

The 13-year NFLer, who had played only his second game in the CFL, was upset about being flagged for offensive pass interference in the third quarter after a 14-yard reception, claiming he had been held repeatedly.

Rison also said: "To make this a better league, it starts with the officials. Maybe we need to start paying 'em more. Do all the things the NFL officials need to do. They have to pass tests before they even get the job."

His remarks, however, were in violation of team and league rules. The CFL notified the Argos yesterday of Rison's fine.

"We don't want to bad-mouth our teammates or our officials," Argos vice-president of football operations Adam Rita said.

"He's entitled to his opinion, but there are consequences."

Rita said Rison can lessen the league penalty with a letter of apology.


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