Brawl breaks out at Bombers training camp

Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive end Kenny Mainor (right) breaks past offensive lineman Shannon...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive end Kenny Mainor (right) breaks past offensive lineman Shannon Boatman during CFL football practice in Winnipeg, Man. Tuesday June 04, 2013. (BRIAN DONOGH/WINNIPEG SUN/QMI AGENCY)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:38 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Tim Burke wanted a lot more intensity from his veteran defensive backs, but throwing punches during a free-for-all isn’t what the Blue Bomber head coach had in mind.

A mini-brawl erupted at training camp, Wednesday, as tempers flared and at least one player, defensive back Alex Suber, was throwing haymakers.

Burke was not impressed, and forced the entire team to do “up-downs” — five steps and a pseudo push-up — the entire length of the field.

“I’m not a big fan of that,” Burke said of camp fights. “If you allow it to happen in practice, there’s a chance it’ll happen in a game. Plus, one of the big things we’ve talked about is respecting everybody. And when you have fights like that, that’s not a respect for your teammates. We’re going to talk about that.”

He may do more than talk about it.

“If I can see something on film, the reason it started, or if I saw somebody really take a cheap shot, then, yeah, I’ll do something about it,” Burke said.

The incident, following an earlier one-on-one scrap between receivers Quintin McCree and Jameze Massey, appeared to start in the trenches and involve linemen Kenny Mainor and Steve Morley.


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