Jones tees off on golf kerfuffle
By PAUL FRIESEN, Sports Columnist
Khari Jones was livid, and wanted to give his side of the story. The injured Blue Bomber quarterback says his golf game on a players' day off early this week came with the full knowledge of the football team.
And nobody in Bomber management expressed any objection to it.
"Ross (Hodgkinson, Bomber trainer) knew I was golfing," a visibly upset Jones said yesterday. "He told me about the doctor's appointment and I told him I had a golf game booked later."
Jones was responding to a story in The Sun yesterday, in which Bomber GM Brendan Taman questioned the wisdom of Jones playing golf with his injured shoulder.
Taman called it "alarming," saying it sent "mixed signals" and "wouldn't be a recommended activity."
Jones says he wasn't told anything of the sort.
"I didn't tell him not to go golfing," Hodgkinson said. "Maybe I should have."
The next day, when the players got back to practice, Jones was told to rest his shoulder and not throw any passes. That same edict came down from the club all week, as they handed the start for this weekend's game in Saskatchewan to backup Kevin Glenn.
Jones also objected to the way he was portrayed in the story, with a front-page headline reading, "What Sore Shoulder?"
"That's (b.s.)," Jones said. "You made me look bad. You should have called me and got the other side of the story."
As for Taman's comments that Jones shouldn't have been out swinging a golf club, Jones cited a lack of communication between players and management.
"Nobody's talking to each other," he said. "If we all talked to each other, we'd be fine."
Taman says he and Jones met yesterday and ironed out any misunderstanding they may have had.
"Our main concern is getting him healthy and getting him practising again," Taman said. "(The issue of) when he was hurt, the golfing and everything else is behind us."