No good reason for head butt

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:46 AM ET

It was the head butt heard around the world, so we just had to find out from a few members of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers:

Could an opponent say something to you in the fourth quarter of the Grey Cup that would force you to react physically and get kicked out of the game?

"There would be nothing you could do in a championship game to get me off that field and hurt the team. Nothing," said offensive lineman Dan Goodspeed. "There would be nothing you could do. You could spit on me or whatever. I'm not coming out of that game. A championship game?

"It's dumb. It hurt his team. They lost, and he was their best player. That's selfish."

France's Zinedine Zidane got booted from the World Cup of Soccer final on Sunday after brutally head-butting Italy's Marco Materazzi in the chest. Zidane claimed Materazzi made disparaging comments about his mother and sister.

Italy went on to win on penalty kicks.

"That's no different than (Michael) Jordan in Game 7 of a championship doing something ridiculous like that and getting thrown out of the game," said placekicker Troy Westwood. "You can't do that, especially when you're the captain and a leader."

Wide receiver Jamie Stoddard can't comprehend why Zidane reacted the way he did.

"Are they best friends? Do they know each other?" asked Stoddard. "No, so it's just a random comment. I don't know how you get so worked up about something like that."

There is speculation that Zidane's cultural beliefs played a role in his reaction, but slotback Milt Stegall has been called as bad as it gets on the football field and hasn't reacted physically.

"I've been called a lot of things," said Stegall. "I've been called a n----- in a game and everything."

Stegall, who has never been the target of a racial slur in the CFL, said there are no words that could make him strike another player in a championship match.

"Nothing at all," he said. "I got people on the payroll. I'd tell them to get him after the game. But during the game? No."


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