Ticats’ Will Hill won’t appeal one-game ban: sources

Hamilton linebacker Will Hill will not appeal the one-game suspension handed down by CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie for grabbing the jersey of an official in last Saturday’s game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, per sources.

Hill will sit out Saturday’s game against the B.C. Lions, the Ticats home-opener. Hamilton is off to an 0-2 start to the 2017 season.

The 27-year-old Hill has missed the first two days of Ticat practice this week due to a family matter. He is in his first season with the Ticats after playing 50 games in the NFL.

Reaction to the suspension was decidedly mixed, with many feeling that Hill got off light. But Ambrosie may have been concerned that a harsher punishment would have been struck down by an arbitrator after former commissioner Jeffery Orridge failed to suspend Ticat head coach Kent Austin for making contact with an official during a game in Regina last September.

Instead, Orridge fined Austin $10,000 and banished him to the spotter’s booth for one game.

An appeal would have delayed the suspension indefinitely, however. Last season, then-Montreal receiver Duron Carter received a one-game suspension for bumping Ottawa head coach Rick Campbell during a game. Carter appealed the ban and it was later upheld by an arbitrator but the process took more than two months to complete.

Ambrosie, who began his tenure Monday, was critical of Hill’s actions.

“It is a fundamental principle in all of sport: you cannot and must not lay your hands on an official,” Ambrosie said in a statement. “I acknowledge that in this case, the player involved appeared to quickly realize the inappropriateness of his actions, and released the official.

“But that does not erase the fact that the player crossed a line that should never be crossed in sport at any level, and which certainly should be respected in an elite professional league such as the Canadian Football League.”

Ambrosie also fined Hill an unspecified amount for punching a Saskatchewan player on the same play.

Austin said Wednesday that Hill took responsibility for his actions and that the team supported him.

“Will’s been a great teammate. Will made a mistake,” Austin said. “There’s no excuse for that level of behaviour. When you’re in the wrong, it’s important that you demonstrate maturity in the form of humility and contrition. That demonstrates that you get it and that you know have the chance to change any behaviour that needs to be changed.”

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

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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13 Comments on Ticats’ Will Hill won’t appeal one-game ban: sources

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

    Good, Best to accept it and move on

  2. Unlike Chris Jones he is taking his punishment like a man.

  3. An appeal would be salt in the wound, this was the right decision.

  4. Marty-Moose // July 12, 2017 at 1:40 pm //

    Appropriate punishment. Hill is a stud football player but certainly brings baggage. Not sure he can keep it all together . When I heard he was in the CFL, I really thought he could dominate some games much like Mo Leggett in Winnipeg- true veteran NFL talent adapting to the CFL.

  5. Billinburlington // July 12, 2017 at 2:16 pm //

    Good decisision to accept the decision, be thankful it wasn’t more and move on. I truly hope this is the bottom of the barrel for the Ticats – and that they move in a better direction from here onward.

  6. Now let’s move on to more important issues like how the hell the cats can win this season

  7. Glad to see the man/team accept responsibility.
    fingers crossed for a win this weekend.

    • Ben D'over // July 12, 2017 at 9:23 pm //

      Hey Fozzie, you must have some sort of cognitive disability dude. The TiCats are going to lose this weekend & the fact that you support guys like Will Hill shows your fickle ways. Really we don’t his kind in the CFL if you know what I mean. Recognize !

  8. Close call, good thing he “Quickly…released the official” or he’d be gone. Time to move on to more pressing matters, like a win.

    • Jimmy NuSak // July 13, 2017 at 8:51 am //

      Wondering if the TiCats will sign Swayze Waters now that he was given his outright release from BC ???

      • Why would they want him when Castillo has been doing a good job, and doesn’t command the same kind of salary that Waters would expect??

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