B.C.'s Foley to Brown: 'Suck it up'

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:17 PM ET

Both sides made their closing arguments in the Groin-gate case yesterday.

Controversy ensued earlier this week when Lions defensive end Ricky Foley voiced his displeasure towards Bomber defensive tackle Doug Brown for publicly complaining about the Lions' pre-game gesture towards the Bomber sideline prior to their Aug. 21 meeting at B.C. Place.

Brown's complaint led to the league office getting involved and the Lions imposing fines on themselves. Earlier this week Foley called Brown a "crybaby" and said his actions went against "the code."

On Friday Brown fired back, calling B.C.'s antics before the August game "asinine."

Foley, sporting a cast on his broken left hand yesterday in the bowels of the team hotel, reiterated his belief Brown needed to suck it up.

Trash-talking

"Way worse happens on the football field, and anybody who thinks that it doesn't is naive," Foley said. "(By publicly complaining) you basically just threw your peers under the bus."

Foley said several Lions have been doing the gesture, where they stretch their arms out and then bring them down in a V formation near their crotches, for years and that they always did it in a circle.

The difference before the August game, however, was that someone from the Bomber bench was trash-talking them, so they turned toward the sideline, lined up and let loose.

Brown still had a burr under his saddle about the whole thing yesterday.

"To me, it's just a fraction of their guys who were angry and were called out for being held accountable for their behaviour," Brown said. "... I have a lot of respect for the veterans there, guys like Brent Johnson and Angus Reid and older guys that were there before, like Jamie Taras and Dave Dickenson.

"They never would have stood for something like that. When you see the antics from these puppies on the field, it blows your mind."

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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