Bombers' Zach Anderson apologizes for late penalty

Zach Anderson (left) took an unnecessary roughness penalty after getting fed up with 'dirty' play...

Zach Anderson (left) took an unnecessary roughness penalty after getting fed up with 'dirty' play by Saskatchewan's Dom Picard. (Brian Donogh/QMI Agency/Files)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:42 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Zach Anderson says he could only take so much.

After going toe-to-toe for nearly 60 minutes with someone known as one of the dirtier players in the CFL, the Blue Bombers defensive tackle finally blew his cool with just under two minutes to go in Sunday’s Banjo Bowl.

His target: Riders centre Dominic Picard.

His penalty: a 15-yard roughing call that kept Saskatchewan’s drive, and slim hopes, alive.

“I apologize to the fans for that penalty,” Anderson said. “But if any of those fans were in my position in the trenches that whole game, they would have agreed with me, 100% They would have done more than I did, for sure.

“I should have stayed composed. Live and learn. But, man, it was hard.”

Anderson wouldn’t go into specifics, but Picard is well-known as a player who’ll do whatever he can to win the physical battle, right to the whistle — and sometimes beyond.


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