Roughnecks practice soap opera

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:00 PM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks players got a lesson in professional conduct Thursday.

Albeit a confusing one.

In reaction to an alleged off-field incident that occurred last weekend involving a player’s behaviour at a team meal, the Roughnecks abruptly cancelled training-camp sessions Thursday, only to announce practices were back on later in the day.

The National Lacrosse League team released a statement Thursday evening to explain the abrupt decision to cancel practices and then reinstate them.

“The conduct alleged was not of a criminal nature, but would have violated team policy and expectations,” the statement read. “In order to emphasize to the team that their behaviour is expected to represent the Roughnecks properly at all times, management determined that the proportionate response was to cancel training camp this weekend.

“Upon further investigation, it was determined that cancellation of camp would be a disproportionate response to the conduct that may have actually occurred. As a result training camp has been reinstated for this weekend.

“Upon the conclusion of the continuing investigation, the one player involved will be appropriately disciplined if found to be at fault. The Roughnecks will not tolerate objectionable conduct by players, staff or management.”

The Roughnecks have no pre-season games this season and losing three on-the-floor sessions would have hurt.

The team is trying to replace several recently departed veterans, including sophomore defender Curtis Manning, who left the team to attend medical school.

The Riggers also lost Jeff Moleski (trade), Rob Kirkby (retirement) and Rob Van Beek (working as a fireman) from last year’s group of defenders, forwards Tracey Kelusky and Josh Sanderson, and goalie Matt King.

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