Bashir sorry for bashing

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

Bashir Levingston has apologized for hitting a young boy with his helmet following the Labour Day game in Hamilton.

The Argos' return specialist made separate phone calls yesterday to the boy and his father following his actions after the game against the Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

The Tiger-Cats won 33-30.

The Argos disciplined Levingston with an undisclosed penalty, but he is not expected to be suspended.

Levingston snapped after an individual standing in the section above the Argos locker room threw debris and spat on him. Levingston flung his helmet at the individual but hit the boy, who was an innocent bystander and suffered a slight injury.

"It was something I deeply regret," Levingston said. "Regardless of what happened, I need to have a cooler head and not let something like that happen. Being spat on is something I've never experienced, and that's the worst thing you can do to me -- spit on me or slap me. You never know how you react until something like that is done, and I reacted in the wrong way. Next time I know how to approach it and handle it better. It's something I regret, it happened and I'm very apologetic and let's move on with it.

"(Players) around this league cheap-shot and do dirty stuff to me all the time and this is the worst thing I've ever gotten into. I never got into any major trouble. In school, rolling some dice or missing class may have been the worst thing I've gotten into.

"I expect (the crowd) to say whatever, maybe throw water or beer ... when we (play) in Hamilton. But being spat on, I don't expect that (anywhere). I expect everybody to have a little more decency not to spit on a player. Unfortunately, somebody did and I handled it the wrong way."

Argos coach Pinball Clemons talked to the boy and the police after the incident. The team plans to do something privately for the boy, who is not seeking publicity.

INCIDENT

Hamilton Tiger-Cats owner Bob Young, who has been trying to improve crowd behaviour at the team's games, commented on the latest incident on the team's website.

"We are not blameless in this incident and we will work hard to improve the experience for everyone who visits Ivor Wynne from our fans to the fans of other teams to the visiting teams themselves," he said.

The Argos are planning to bring in their own security for future games at Ivor Wynne.

NOTES

The Argos announced a special promotion for Saturday's rematch against the Tiger-Cats at the Rogers Centre. Anyone who purchases a ticket in the 500 level and can prove they are a Tiger-Cats season-ticket holder, Hamilton resident or fan of the team will receive their money back if Hamilton wins the game. The tickers are $15 apiece.


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