Thursday, August 11, 2016 — TORONTO (August 11, 2016) – The Canadian Football League (CFL) has released the following statement:
The CFL today levied a $60,000 fine against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, as well as a deduction in excess of $26,000 off the Roughriders’ 2016 salary cap.
This decision was made after Commissioner Jeffrey L. Orridge and the CFL completed a thorough investigation, spanning several weeks, of the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ alleged roster violations. The investigation included CFL officials visiting team practices in Regina. After a review of the findings, it has been determined that the Saskatchewan Roughriders were in violation of policies which prohibit practicing with ineligible players, players participating in practice who are on the 6-Game Injured List and having free agents practice with players who are under contact.
Each of these actions constitute a violation of CFL bylaws.
“As Commissioner, I am compelled to make decisions consistent with protecting the competitive balance within our League, the spirit of our rules and the integrity of our game. The recent conduct, behaviour and activities of the Saskatchewan Roughriders have compromised the reputation of the CFL.”
- CFL Commissioner, Jeffrey L. Orridge.
The @CFL sends a message to the @sskroughriders : $60K fine + $26K deduction from Salary Cap. https://t.co/7NalHxduy2— GlobalJesus 2016-08-12 00:14:41
The hiring of Chris Jones away from @EdmontonEsks isn't working out so well for @sskroughriders . #CFL #corpgov https://t.co/pCFDNDPZZY— BrentGilbert54 2016-08-11 23:57:54
STATEMENT ON SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS' ROSTER MATTER https://t.co/49d12hiirU— PDesi03 2016-08-11 23:41:45
@PFTCommenter The CFL finally has its own Deflategate. https://t.co/zWVfdYJRyb— strembath 2016-08-11 23:33:39
Jones wanted the power, brought shame to the club. #CFL #Roughriders #Riders #Rostergate https://t.co/fzI0zhUC1J— camcline 2016-08-11 23:32:31
STATEMENT ON SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS' ROSTER MATTER https://t.co/K3rp0XJyEW— WinnipegSportsN 2016-08-11 23:11:44
Jones wanted the power, brought shame to the club. #Riders #Rostergate https://t.co/fzI0zhUC1J— camcline 2016-08-11 23:10:27
#Riders fined $60,000 and lose $25,000 off the '16 salary cap https://t.co/6QKL0Zdm5b— MarcSmith18 2016-08-11 23:05:54