Revenge is on the mind of Argos receiver Robert Baker.
Baker plans on some physical retaliation, albeit without taking a penalty, tonight on Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman Rahim Abdullah at the Rogers Centre.
Baker said it will be payback for Abdullah allegedly spitting in his face when the Argos played the Stamps in Calgary on July 1. The Argos won 22-16, but the game will best be remembered for Baker becoming incensed. There was no video evidence of the alleged gob -- although Baker's teammate, Andre Talbot, claimed to have seen it -- and there was no penalty.
An irate Baker was pulled off the field by the coaching staff to try to calm him down, and when teammate Noel Prefontaine approached him and said something, Baker punched him. The Argos suspended Baker for one game and ordered him to do community service preaching against violence as part of his penance.
"If I can crack back on (Abdullah) and break every bone in his body that's what I'm going to try to do -- within the rules of the game," Baker said yesterday. "You don't spit in no man's face. You get up the next play and try to do what you can as far as hit him or whatever, but spit in a man's face, come on. There are a whole lot of things you can do beside spit in a man's face.
"That just shows the type of person that he is. Another man don't spit in another man's face. A situation like that can end up fatal in the streets. That's where I come from (in Florida) and that's how I relate to things. I would never do it."
Abdullah denied after the game he spat on Baker.
Abdullah did not participate in the Stamps practice yesterday, suffering from a migraine. A team spokesperson said he expected Abdullah to play tonight unless the migraine proved to be too discomforting. The spokesperson said the incident between Abdullah and Baker had not been discussed by the team.
"It's in the past, gone," he said.
Baker said Abdullah won't be able to do his job tonight without paying attention to him.
"I don't forget, I just wait and get even," he said. "I'll do it within the (rules of) the game. Referees can't throw no flag if I'm doing everything I'm supposed to do within the game. It ain't like I'm going to go up and spit in his face. I'm going to try to find a time to get good shots on him."
Coach Pinball Clemons said he will talk to Baker before the game to make sure he doesn't do anything foolish.
"This is about winning the football game. It's not about personal vendettas," Clemons said.