Suspension is not appealing

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

Bashir Levingston will serve his one-game suspension tomorrow, after all.

The Argos kick returner, who was hoping to have a chance to appeal the suspension for throwing a helmet into the crowd following the Labour Day game in Hamilton, learned yesterday he will not make the trip to Regina for a game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders tomorrow.

"Forget it now," a frustrated Levingston said. "It's not that big of a deal. The team didn't make it that big of a deal, so I'm not going to make it that big of a deal.

"I wanted to appeal, but I guess the team didn't have one. I guess they didn't want it as bad as I did."

Levingston said Tuesday he had filed an appeal with the CFL Players' Association. After a notice of appeal is issued, a hearing has to take place within seven days.

But the parties did not get together, yesterday, as Levingston had hoped.

The Argos, meanwhile, didn't seem to think there was much chance of overturning the suspension.

"What's he going to appeal?" said Argos vice-president of football operations Adam Rita, who has concerns about the security of his players at road venues. "He did throw the helmet. Whatever reason he threw the helmet for is not good enough ... What he can do is say: 'Hey, these are the reasons why I threw the helmet, now what is the deal for protection of the players?'"

Levingston became upset Labour Day after a young man in the crowd spat at him from above the Argos dressing room. He then threw his helmet, which hit a teenage boy, not the person who spat at him. In the aftermath, Levingston telephoned the boy and apologized.

Also on Labour Day, a fan accosted Argos receiver Robert Baker as he did an interview on the field after the game.

At least one Argo felt Levingston got a raw deal.

"I'm real disappointed in the league's decision," linebacker Michael Fletcher said. "For one, the organization stepped forward and said this incident happened. They would have never been aware of what happened (without the confirmation), so I'm not sure why they suspended Bashir for it."

The Argos have another excellent kick returner in receiver Arland Bruce III, so they can get by without Levingston for one game. They also will add speedy defensive back Byron Parker.


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