Blue want action on vicious hit

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:07 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are still awaiting the official word from the CFL on the 'Ivory Incident.'

Toronto GM Adam Rita has already apologized on his player's behalf.

Towards the end of Saturday's game, Argo defensive back Clifford Ivory hit Winnipeg wide receiver Andrae Thurman in the back of the leg, a hit so vicious that Bombers GM Brendan Taman sent videotape evidence to the CFL, believing it to be a deliberate attempt to injure.

Thurman figures Ivory was retaliating to a previous running play.

"I had hit him a pretty solid hit, a very clean hit," Thurman said yesterday. "But I think he was a bit upset with that and with the fact that they were losing. I was running a route and he tried to give me a little cheap shot and I was able to dodge him. Then I was hit in the back of the leg when I wasn't watching. It was a low blow, man.

"My initial reaction was, was it on purpose? But I saw the way (Bomber slotback) Milt (Stegall) reacted and I was a little upset. I talked to (Ivory) after the game and there was a lot of bad blood but I just told him, 'That's a low blow, man, and I hope you don't do that the next time we play.' He said some 'unexplicit' words."

Stegall reacted so angrily that he was called for objectionable conduct and later fined by Winnipeg head coach Doug Berry for costing the team.

"We're brothers, we're family, and if he sees someone messing with his brother, it's only natural for him to react like that," Thurman said. "I told Milt, 'I love you for that.'

"I feel like there should be some kind of discipline. Whatever. I'm not going to be more or less angry if he doesn't get fined or if he gets a major fine because it's not going to bother me because we won, and I feel very blessed to come out of that injury-free."


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