Bo Levi Mitchell (stupidly) docked for violation of social media policy

The CFL released their weekly round up of player discipline on Wednesday afternoon and among the usual collection of high hits, dangerous tackles and illegal blocks, there was this item:

Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell was fined for violating the League’s social media policy.

A quick review of BLM’s social media accounts reveals nothing particularly offensive – his Facebook timeline is limited to just friends and he’s not a big Instagram guy – but we’re guessing it was probably this:

There were a couple of sketchy unnecessary roughness calls in the Ticats game against the Riders but he was likely referring to the hit Ticat safety Courtney Stephen laid on Rider receiver Namaan Roosevelt during Saskatchewan’s third quarter touchdown drive.

It’s a pretty innocuous Tweet but the CFL has taken a dim view of its own players criticizing the league’s officiating, no matter how justified. And as Bo Levi knows, being right on social media doesn’t necessarily protect your pocketbook. Still, this seems excessively petty – especially for a league which has been shamelessly courting millennials on social media for a couple of seasons. Mitchell uses social media to interact with fans and media while giving a glimpse into his private life – #TopTitty – and heaven forbid he actually express an opinion once in a while.

Mitchell used Twitter, ironically enough, to say he’d pay the fine as fans encouraged him – and rightly so – to keep on Tweeting.

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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73 Comments on Bo Levi Mitchell (stupidly) docked for violation of social media policy

  1. Steve Alt // July 12, 2017 at 6:22 pm //

    He deserved to be fine, I love that he is active on social but there is no reason for him to tweet negatively about officiating. That doesn’t help anyone. Don’t think this is petty at all, good for the league, Bo knows better!

    • Riders13 // July 12, 2017 at 6:50 pm //

      Bang on Steve! I wonder what makes Mitchell think anyone actually cares about his opinion.

      • Riders13 // July 12, 2017 at 6:51 pm //

        Or Drew’s opinion either for that matter.

      • Hors E Power // July 12, 2017 at 6:58 pm //

        What makes anyone think anyone cares about anynone’s opinion on twitter?
        That’s not the point. The point is twitter is the way people communicate now-a-days. If the league is going to police a personal, unthreatening, non direst comment like this, kiss the next generation good bye Mr Ambrosie

      • Lol Rider fans… Every Stamp fan cares. Which is probably why they gave him a radio show. To express his opinion. I enjoy interacting with him on twitter, as do most of his fans. His honesty and the hate, only make me love him more.

        • Riders13 // July 13, 2017 at 8:19 am //

          I’m sure little bo peep loves his sheep as well. He is from Texas after all.

          • Hors E Power // July 13, 2017 at 9:40 am //

            Thanks for the fuel Riders13.. July 22nd is fast approaching 🙂

          • The fine wasn’t stupid, it was the right thing to do. Bo should have kept his little rat mouth shut. Goes to show the league isn’t going to hold his hand anymore.
            Bad mouthing the officials on Twitter is an instant no-no, and he knew that. But he chose to tweet it out anyways. He sure is respectful…(sarcasm)

        • Hors E Power // July 13, 2017 at 12:48 pm //

          BLM is becoming a Calgary Icon.

      • Judge Jones // July 13, 2017 at 2:16 pm //

        or yours for that matter

    • The refs got what they deserved the calls have been horrible they need a wake up call and if it took Bo to speak out good im tired of it they cant even make a correct call in the booth ,good on ya Bo !!!!!

    • Billinburlington // July 13, 2017 at 2:03 pm //

      You are right on. Challenging the decision of an official by physical means (grabbing his collar, giving him a shove) or non-physical means ( verbal abuse, written text) is not acceptable behaviour by a player. Yes, BLM’s tweet seemed innocuous but it still represented a player criticizing an official – which should not happen. The league had to step in and fine BLM on principle.

      What seems to be missing is an official explanation from the league as to why the call was made the way it was: admission of error or explanation will clear the air on this.

  2. I would like to know, if a fan had made that exact remark and Bo either ‘liked’ or ‘re-tweeted’ the comment, would that be in violation of League policy?

  3. Yemenator47 // July 12, 2017 at 6:33 pm //

    He violated the policy. He got fined. Funny how there is uproar for this. Last thing the league needs is players on social media criticizing in game calls. Wonder how the article would read if it was, say, Duron Carter or Derek Dennis or Jovon Johnson being fined?

    • Richard // July 12, 2017 at 6:35 pm //

      Or better yet, if it was Derrick Dennis and Bakari Grant being put on the suspended list to deal with “personal matters” (i.e. attending the preliminary hearing for the murder trial involving an ex-teammate)

    • James Smith // July 12, 2017 at 9:23 pm //

      Actually I think I remember something about Jovon expressing his opinion. Not sure if it resulted in a fine.

    • James Smith // July 12, 2017 at 9:26 pm //

      Instead of fining players and coaches for speaking the truth. Fix the problems they are complaining about.

  4. Hors E Power // July 12, 2017 at 6:50 pm //

    Its the leagues complete lack of understanding of social media that keeps it unpopular with youth. A simple comment like this would hardly matter he said it in his own living room or from the stands if he there . Yet somehow saying it via the most popular form of communication in 2017 shows the obtuse nature of the league.
    Bo handled it with class as always.
    Strike 1 Mr. Ambrosie.

    • It seems pretty cut and dry, you can’t publicly criticize league officials. This is the case in every sport, not just the CFL.
      What do you think would happen if a player in the NFL, NHL, NBA, or MLB did this exact same thing? Innocuous or not, as a player in the league, you simply cannot do it.

      If players have issues with the way things are being called, they should follow the proper channels to air their grievances, you don’t do it publicly. I’m not sure what’s so hard to understand about that for you.

  5. Matt Duckworth // July 12, 2017 at 7:34 pm //

    It seems like all pro leagues jump at every little comment made by players about an incident on the field. Their rules committee should enforce with more integrity.

  6. Hors E Power // July 12, 2017 at 7:43 pm //

    Good so everyone (expect riderfans who have a blinded rage towards BLM) agree this is a ridiculous fine.
    Next Story Please

    • EVERY CFL fan agrees. They have social media guidelines in place for this simple reason. Its just BO thinking he was above the law as usual. Any player would have gotten fined too(included our riders). So give you head a shake Horsie. Dumb ass

  7. I just gained a ton of respect for Bo. Call on Stephens made no sense. So players cant dislodge a guy from the ball? Been watching this league for 40 years and that call was a first for me.

    • Garney. I agree. I just gained a ton of respect for BLM. The lLeague should fine him $20 to save face. Then the League should call out the officials on the 5-6crap calls in that game. And fire Harbin and Ireland! Otherwise it is just same old same old.

  8. He deserves the fine…He don’t mind when it’s others that pay. Good on the CFL

  9. Hors E Power // July 12, 2017 at 8:28 pm //

    If you go onto riderville this topic is going wild. They have already have an execution date for Bo. It’s crazy .We rider fans are left unchecked (like riderville) it’s crazy

    • There is zero mention of this on Riderville, nothing. As usual you are trolling trying to antagonize the good people on this site. I’ll give you a tip, don’t bother pretending to be insulted or indignant about anything, we all know you are willing to say anything for a little recognition or acknowledgment. That’s the cost of being a troll, other than the cheap replies, you’ve lost all empathy from everyone.

  10. Hors E Power // July 12, 2017 at 8:30 pm //

    “When” rider fans I mean

  11. Hors E Power // July 12, 2017 at 9:52 pm //

    So this is really Bo calling out the officials for the clear biased towards the riders

    • No this is simply Bo calling out a really bad call. He could also have mentioned “roughing” call on Glenn’s slide as another example in the same drive. It’s not necessariily bias but it was incompetent

  12. I know sudden rule changes are going to be the ire of the League, we got a few unnecessary roughness calls that were in the WTF category and a few that were legitimate, I took in a Reffing Challenge at Evraz Place when the Combine was in town, and some of the plays and penalties, and challenges were a great work out for the FAN…. I am not saying that the call is good or not, I was following the play close to the Goal Line and not to the 10 Yard line where the indiscretion was happening, yes he shouldn’t of put his hands on the Ref, and they know it, but also they were stemming three major Calls one right after another, frustration surely built up fast… Bo’s Tweet though correct in the play scheme, is something that the League is afraid to have run amok, constant badgering of the officials on missed calls is not going to rectify the root of the problem, do we add more Refs?, or what, I have no idea where it should begin, but yet calls go on, either by the Refs, Coaches Challenges, and Command Center, anyways, stand by your boys… sometimes the situation sucks at the moment, but keep cheering them on, they need your support.. GO CFL…GO RIDERS…

  13. Hors E Power, yeah that is totally it, being biased towards the RIDERS…. if that was the case we would of won the First Game at Mosaic instead of the Bombers… Now that is the largest load of manure I have heard today… But in Bo’s Defence, where was the DB supposed to tackle?, maybe that should of been brought up to Dave Dickenson and he could of pushed it forward to the League office… His Point would of been made and no fines for him..

    • That horse manure, you think you could take it down to Calgary and dump it in front of Horsee’s window by his basement suite. Every time Horsee has a thought about BLM or the Calgary Stampeders, he can open his window up and get a breath of fresh … .

  14. I expect the same criticism of this penalty when the officials try to protect one of Bo’s receivers, the next time he lays them out. When he retires he can criticize all he wants…like Dunigan!

  15. Like a lot of things, I have mixed feelings. I agree that the officials need to be respected BUT they also need to be held accountable. Fans will always argue the close calls but I am not talking about those. I am talking about those, in my opinion at least, are pretty cut and dried. Generally, I think the officials do a great job but if the integrity of the league is to be held intact, the officials simply must be held accountable.

  16. Lmao…if it was a rider you yahoos would be all over this like white on rice….your big mouth QB needs to shut it…this is his 2nd fine fir the same reason

    • Hors E Power // July 12, 2017 at 11:49 pm //

      This wouldn’t be a rider saying this. Rider would be far for egregious in their tweets. Also riders have reputation that proceeds them. People will be far less understanding for them

      • Lol you wanna be a rider fan so bad….just admit it lol

        • Hors E Power // July 13, 2017 at 12:19 am //

          If I wanted to be a rider fan why wouldn’t I just be a rider fan? I’m pretty sure there isn’t a rigorous screening and application process. Pretty sure I could just go buy the jersey and start cheering for the riders!

          • Which you probably do have a rider jersey. ..who wouldn’t wanna cheer for Canada’s team 🙂

        • Hors E Power // July 13, 2017 at 12:28 am //

          Well you are nothing if not precious me

  17. What He Said // July 13, 2017 at 2:20 am //

    Anyone who spouts off about their place of employment especially in such a pompas ass kind of way like BLM that would not be employed for long. There is an appropriate way to give your employer feedback and this ain’t it. Fine him, then suspend him if needed.

    On a totally separate note, as a paying fan of the CFL I CAN spout off. Fix the crappy calls CFL and hold your officials accountable in a transparent way

  18. Bill Smith // July 13, 2017 at 4:12 am //

    Drew’s point wasn’t about Bo, or the call. It was about the league’s need to connect with the next generation of fans – and they consume their sports via social media.
    I agree with Drew – the CFL should not be fining its best twitterers over minor errors in tweeting. They should have reached out to Bo privately, thanked him for his efforts to bring the league into the 21st century, and had a positive discussion on being a little more careful in tweeting about officiating in future. But fine-ing someone is a pretty ham-handed way of managing a minor issue.

    • justforkicks // July 13, 2017 at 10:22 am //

      It should have been Bo reaching out privately. He knows the rules. If you are commenting negatively to the general public about the company you work for expect negative consequences. A responsible employee talks to the people that can actually fix the problems instead of airing to the people outside. That is just a “listen to me I know what I’m talking about” attention getter. Officiating is not as easy on the field as it from your couch.

    • mrincomprehensible // July 13, 2017 at 10:34 am //

      To quote Horsey – “If you go onto riderville this topic is going wild.”
      Like much of everything else he says this is also not true”. Only Rod Pederson mentions it on his blog. There were only seven comments and only 2 or 3 mentioned Bo’s part in the fines. As usual another big mouth trying to incite others much like Bo.

  19. Drew guessing equals fake news. I’m guessing Bo Levi was wearing womans panties during a game and got fined for a dress code violation

  20. Funny! If Kevin Glenn had tweeted it, then Horse E would be all over it, accusing Chris Jones of orchestrating the tweet and that Glenn, the Riders, and Jones should all be fined heavily.

    • Hors E Power // July 13, 2017 at 11:25 am //

      Again you guys miss the difference
      Yes you are right, that’s because the Riders are guilty until proven innocent. You know why? Their reputation precedes them.
      I will admit I jumped all over the suspension of Dennis and Grant for the same reason. But once we found the true story I backed off.
      Unfortunately the Dennis/Grant story are far outnumbered by the fines, Carter, DV cases etc etc

      • Should we start talking about the stumps and their drug problem?
        If you want to start talking about their reputation preceding them. Also this isn’t the first time Bo the Rat got caught on social media, making statements that should be kept behind closed doors. Needless to say you are just as guilty as anyone else. It should be a suspension the next time he doesnt anything like this on Social Media.

  21. CFL needs to ease up on its social media “policy” and encourage more interaction like this between its players and fans. Bo said nothing egregious here – he was just expressing his opinion. Willing to give the new commish the benefit of the doubt in the short term as change cannot happen immediately but he needs to clean up these silly Glen Johnson policies in the next year and get focused on real league issues.

    • I agree and disagree on this one Peter. Its like you bad mouthing your place of work on Social Media. They catch wind of it, guess what. There is going to be penalties. More or likely getting fired.

      • George Porge // July 13, 2017 at 7:09 pm //

        > Its like you bad mouthing your place of work

        Well, even that’s kind of a weak analogy to make. Bo doesn’t work for the CFL, he works for the Stampeders. The closer analogy would be if someone who worked for Acrodex or Longview (both IT companies that are close Microsoft partners) made a negative comment about something Microsoft did. This actually happens relatively frequently and without issue, but if a single employee of either of those companies did it repeatedly to the point where their relationship with Microsoft becomes strained, then that employee would face some serious heat.

        The odd player tweet calling out a blatantly bad ref call isn’t going to bring the league into disrepute – in fact, it could have the effect of making the league seem more accountable to fans.

        I think there is a balance here that the league needs to do a better job of handling. This “all or nothing” approach just makes the league seem desperate and heavy-handed.

        • What He Said // July 13, 2017 at 7:45 pm //

          C’mon. It’s not like that at all really. If the CFL wants the Stamps to go away, they go away. So it’s not that simple. If you want an IT analogy, it’s like working for an outsourcer and your hugest client that brings in 75% of your revenue does something that pisses off one of your team members so they tweet about it. News flash that guy’s not going to be around long.

  22. Mitchell’s assessment of that play is correct, but he had to know that commenting on the abysmal officiating would result insome sort of penalty from a league that seems to have no clue how to fix it.

  23. Tiger man // July 13, 2017 at 11:37 am //

    It’s OK for players and fans to get screwed by these incompetents. The league just doesn’t want to be pointed out and laughed at.

    EVERYTIME the league admits that it’s blind mice made a mistake, those who attended that game should get a refund.

    Money is ALWAYS a great motivator.

  24. Scottsask // July 13, 2017 at 12:15 pm //

    If it would have been anyone in Green and White, the pitchforks and torches would be out. FACT! Nice try Drew.

    • Hors E Power // July 13, 2017 at 12:49 pm //

      That’s because the riders ae guilty until proven innocent. Sorry your reputation precedes you

  25. Beamreach // July 13, 2017 at 12:33 pm //

    I’m with Garney ,I have more respect for BLM and less for CFL Officials ,I didn’t need Bo to point out that the Rider receiver was hit clean . Watching the Argo’s get penalty after penalty against the Home R & B’s was the only worse Officiating on the Weekend,it was worse, if all games are favouring the Home Team to aid in the entertainment of the game for the Fans in the stands and it’s done equal I’m OK with that ,Home Field Ref advantage.Bo knows !

  26. Marty-Moose // July 13, 2017 at 1:41 pm //

    Twitter is the double edged sword for the league. CFL covets social media interaction between players for hype to help ratings and wants fans engaged through new media. However, many players tweet inappropriate things. In this case, BLM was correct. Bad call/ hard to play defense in the modern pro game. I think the league should have let this slide. Far worse tweets from pro athletes.

  27. Billinburlington // July 13, 2017 at 2:07 pm //

    Interesting question Hike. IMO the league should / would still fine him on principle as it represents second guessing of an official.

  28. Judge Jones // July 13, 2017 at 2:21 pm //

    The me that was not egregious enough. What? The com’on guys should have reviewed this again…..

  29. What He Said // July 13, 2017 at 5:05 pm //

    It’s a policy. It’s black and white. Let it slide and you can’t control the slide down the path. Don’t like the policy, talk to the league. Privately. There are tons of arguments for why all of this should be different but they are irrelevant. Step outside the policy, pay the piper.

  30. Wally Sobchuck // July 18, 2017 at 12:20 pm //

    I think what would help the league, any professional league for that matter, is if they came out and addressed the controversial calls to the public. Everybody makes mistakes at work, but officiating a professional, televised sporting event amplifies the reaction of said mistakes, especially with legal betting being involved.

    You want to engage millennials, have a forum (on Twitter or Facebook or CFL website, etc)where questions can be answered and mistakes can be addressed.
    Of course, this would require the fans to be respectful, so not much of a chance of it happening

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