Toronto, ON - Until there's actual teeth in how the CFL metes out punishment, no team will be deterred from breaking any rule, written or otherwise.
It's why Friday's $5,000 fine is a drop in the bucket for any team, especially when the price involves a highly qualified coach in Chris Jones.
At this rate, the Argos should continue in their poaching practice.
During the 2011 season, Argos head coach Jim Barker was fined $1,000 for remarks the
league interpreted as too critical of the officials.
Ditto for defensive end Ricky Foley, who got hit in the wallet for $500.
And then came the league's long arms when Rob Murphy and Taylor Robertson used social media to express themselves when QB Steven Jyles had a helmet-to-helmet hit in the 'Peg.
For the league to be taken seriously, draft choices and players on team's negotiation lists must be included on top of any fine when a crime such as tampering has been committed.
The Stamps groused earlier in the week when Jones informed Calgary he was leaving his post as defensive co-ordinator to join Scott Milanovich at a time when the Argos did not get permission.
According to the league's tampering rules, a club member is prohibited from contacting or negotiating with a non-playing member of another club. The Argos issued the following statement after being informed of the CFL's actions.
"The Toronto Argonauts Football Club will pay the League's fine in the matter of tampering with a Calgary Stampeder employee. The Toronto Argonauts recognize that casual conversations between various individuals frequently take place in professional sports that may unintentionally violate the spirit of a league's by-laws but are often not subject to fines. The Toronto Argonauts will continue to do business with integrity and while we regret this inadvertent error, we will continue to take actions to field a contending football team in 2012. We will close this chapter and move forward without further comment on this matter."