In wake of Art Briles scandal, Ticats launch program to fight domestic violence

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have made good on their promise to be proactive in fighting violence against women in the wake of the Art Briles scandal.

The team has announced a partnership with Interval House, a local organization that provides housing and support services for abused women, in the “Be More Than a Bystander” Campaign program aimed at increasing “awareness and understanding about the impact of violence against women and girls, and to speak out against demeaning and inappropriate behaviour.”

The program will feature current players Courtney Stephen, Justin Vaughn, Terrell Davis and former Ticat Mike Morreale and feature a community awareness campaign through the team’s web and social media platforms as well as a  “Be More Than a Bystander” Day at Tim Hortons Field next season. The team will also incorporate domestic violence awareness and prevention into some of their existing programs, including their high school mentorship programs and their clinics for local football coaches.

“The Tiger-Cats’ longstanding community mission has always been promoting healthy, active, and empowered youth, none of which is possible if a child is exposed to an abusive environment,” owner Bob Young said in a statement. “We’re choosing to engage in ‘Be More Than a Bystander’ which will become one of the pillars of our organization’s already extensive community outreach plan, and will be led by Interval House of Hamilton who work on a daily basis with women and children who are experiencing abuse or violence.”

The announcement comes six weeks after the Ticats hired disgraced American college coach Art Briles as an assistant, only to rescind the offer less than 24 hours later after backlash from the community and media across North America. Briles was ousted from his previous job as the head coach at Baylor after a sexual assault scandal that rocked the university.

Both Young and team CEO Scott Mitchell apologized for the hiring and promised to do more on the issue of domestic violence.

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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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18 Comments on In wake of Art Briles scandal, Ticats launch program to fight domestic violence

  1. Bruce13thMan // October 12, 2017 at 9:41 am //

    Briles is gone, so why is Johnny the woman beater still on there Neg list. This is so hypocritical, you can’t have it both ways!

    • Johnny???what about their GM? Using Briles name is low! There was no scandal concerning Briles there was knee jerk after decision was made to change decision! He didn’t commit crime..but they employ someone who has!

      • Look at the evidence. Johnny hit nobody. Dallas had no case and johnny wanted it over so he took a plea deal. The hotel tape on the night in question shows Crowely hitting Manziel not the other way around. This was a digital lynch mob. Where is your evidence he hit anybody mr. digital KKK guy. Charges were dropped for a good reason and the plea deal is more about Manziel getting free from addiction as his Dad wants.

  2. Billy Dee // October 12, 2017 at 9:52 am //

    A good cause. However, at this point, it is virtue signaling to the extreme.

  3. Absolutely a great idea. Every team in the league should be involved with one of these programs and maybe some others are, however this does seem a day late and a dollar short.

  4. Kudos to the Cats. Your community presence has always been outstanding and this is an increasingly important issue. Now put your money where your mouth is…fire Eric Tillman and forget about Johnny Football.

  5. A very worthy cause, but why is domestic violence against men not acknowledged or included. Some research indicates that up to 40% of domestic violence victims are men.

  6. I agree that this is hypocritical with Johnny Football on the Neg List. Johnny M has multiple issues including domestic violence. He should be let go and never spoken of again in the CFL, we don’t need him. I read all of the media for Tilman and it does appear that he is a decent guy who made a mistake while on some medications. I am comfortable with the Cats giving him a second chance.

  7. solara2000 // October 12, 2017 at 12:01 pm //

    Hey! Let’s acknowledge the contribution that is being made by the team to providing comfort and support to women and children who are subject to the physical and emotional hurt and scars of abuse. As BY says “…promoting healthy, active, and empowered youth, none of which is possible if a child is exposed to an abusive environment”. is the focus.

    Let’s celebrate the initiative for what it is. Thanks to the Caretaker and the Team.

  8. Some of you need to shut the hell up always bringing up peoples past ! congrats to the cats for stepping up and making the partnership

    • Exactly, I concur too many people on their “high moral horses”. Who have never made mistakes in their lives. Tillman, Briles, Manziel? Whatever, everyone, if contrite and sincerely change and rehabilitated their lives, deserve a 2nd chance. If they become second offenders, after their chance has been given to them Then it’s time to bad mouth and remove them from employment. This stand for violence against women, with these agencies, is a step in the right direction. But probably, unfortunately a PR stunt to silent the people, who were originally against the Art Briles hiring.

      • I can agree with most of what you say but as for this being a PR stunt – you’re wrong because the team was working on establishing this partnership LONG before they ever even thought of hiring AB! Something like this takes time to set up and it hasn’t happened in the past two months.

  9. Dundas dude // October 12, 2017 at 1:42 pm //

    “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”. Good idea to carry through on the promise.

    Should be a good game against Calgary. Given all their troubles for the first eight games, the chance for redemption now, is all one can ask for. This game should provide a good measuring stick as to how far the Cats have progressed when measured against the leagues premier team.

    Go Cats! Knock them, on their buttocks! Avenge the 60-1 earlier beat down!

  10. It’s never too late to join in a good cause. With that said, leave Briles and Manziel out of it. Briles was never charged and Manziel is a kid who’s trying to make something of himself – everyone deserves a chance to improve and learn from their mistakes.

  11. Well said BigD. Those who did not do something stupid in High school, College or post college raise your hand? That said Johnnie hit nobody it was a lovers spat gone bad. Dallas knew that and offered the plea deal to save face. Johnnie was too stoned to know either way and his Dad jumped on this as an opportunity to get him clean with the backing of the Dallas PD to drive the point home. He appears to be clean and rather than punish people for turning away from drugs we should applaud them and give them a second chance in life.

  12. All this high morality from people who live in the greater Toronto area for most part and may have elected and re-elected a mayor who was a known drug abuser and eventually it killed him. Johnnie presuming he is still clean is one of the lucky ones to get out alive.

  13. On Rob Ford I know it was officially cancer but you know all that crack at least reduced his immune system. In any case lets applaud a young person still under 25 for chasing his demons away and trying to follow his passion which is Football not booze, drugs, women, or fame. We all know Hockey players that started fast and had similar things to Manziel happen to them. Another thing to look at is the extreme pressure on these young athletes whether in Junior league, college, or a professional league of some sort.

  14. Billinburlington // October 13, 2017 at 7:52 pm //

    A well thought through and planned initiative – the Cats have learned from the Briles fiasco. This initiative is a win win for the Ticats Brand, the players and fans, the community and- most importantly- women.

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