May 2, 2013
Bombers GM Joe Mack concerned about boozing players
By KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

Bombers GM Joe Mack is concerned about players abusing alcohol and says it won't be tolerated this season. (Brian Donogh/QMI Agency/Files)

Bombers GM Joe Mack said Wednesday he was “concerned” about some of his players abusing alcohol last season and let it be known it won’t be tolerated anymore.

When asked about players showing up for work hung over, Mack said there was only so much they could do to eliminate it last season after firing head coach Paul LaPolice midway through the campaign.

“We tried to address it,” Mack said. “Obviously we had a certain amount of hurdles last year, and part of the problem that made it more difficult for (head coach) Tim (Burke), in fairness to Tim, is Tim was coaching defensive backs, he was defensive co-ordinator and head coach. Tim was juggling so many balls, it was maybe harder for Tim to maybe put his thumb on that and really squelch that. I know that’s something he’s going to address this year.

“We think it’s such a significant issue that players will be sat down if they have to, and if they don’t come around then they won’t be here. The other thing for us is there’s a yin and yang to it in that the Bombers have a certain high profile in the city, so our players get a lot of attention if they are out, and sometimes that maybe tempts them to enjoy themselves a little bit too much as young men.”

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