CFLPA declines comment on Euclid Cummings case

The CFL voided Euclid Cummings’ contract with the B.C. Lions after the player was charged with four criminal counts, including sexual assault.

The league made the announcement about the contract Wednesday after learning of the charges the defensive lineman was facing, but provided no further details. However, Vancouver Provincial Court documents indicate Cummings was charged April 21, 2017, with four criminal offences involving two alleged victims.

The alleged incidents occurred in Vancouver on Oct. 16, 2016. At the time Cummings was playing for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who faced the Lions at B.C. Place Stadium on Oct. 14, 2016.

Cummings, 26, of Atlanta, is charged with sexual assault, assault and uttering a threat to cause death or bodily harm to one person and the sexual assault of another.

The six-foot-three, 300-pound Cummings signed through the 2018 season as a free agent last month with B.C.

“Upon learning of the criminal charges facing Euclid Cummings, CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie has voided his contract with the B.C. Lions,” the league said in a statement Wednesday. “As these charges are before the courts, the CFL will offer no further comment.”

B.C. general manager Ed Hervey said he had no idea of Cummings’ legal woes when he signed the player.

“We support the commissioner’s decision to void the contract of Euclid Cummings in light of criminal charges he is currently facing,” Hervey said in a statement. “We were given no indication by the player or his representation that these charges existed and I assure our fans, partners and supporters of the CFL across Canada, that we would not have offered him a contract had we known about this situation.”

Cummings had eight sacks and 21 tackles last season with the Edmonton Eskimos. He has also spent time with Winnipeg and Toronto.

“We have recently been made aware of a situation involving an active player within our membership,” the CFLPA said Thursday. “This matter is under investigation by police and we will have no further comment at this time.”

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18 Comments on CFLPA declines comment on Euclid Cummings case

  1. a REAL UNION would support the player until he is found guilty of a crime ……but this is the cflpa which is not a REAL UNION ,,,,,,IMHOP

    • How do you know the union is not supporting him?

    • And you know anything about Unions?

      By law, unions have a duty of fair representation. That means that they cannot act in an arbitrary, discriminatory, or bad faith manner. However, they have an obligation to all their members to do what’s in the best interests of the membership as a collective. Therefore, if the Union believes that a grievance would damage the reputation of the CFL, the CFLPA, and member players as long as they arrive at that decision in a good faith, non-arbitrary, and non-discriminatory manner they are legitimately entitled to do.

      As a management side labour relations professional, I can tell you that “real” unions frequently refuse to file grievances or pursue matters to arbitration where it is not reasonable or not in the best interests of their members. Unions do not have unlimited advocacy resources and they need to spend that money wisely. That includes reserving arbitration decisions for cases that matter.

      Lastly, most employers would never wait until the outcome of a criminal charge before making a disciplinary decision. It ultimately has no bearing whether Cummings is found guilty of a criminal offence. The employer is not bound by a “reasonable doubt” standard, but rather whether “on the balance of probabilities” the employee committed misconduct that merits discipline and whether the discipline imposed is appropriate in all of the circumstances.

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  2. Blue rules // March 8, 2018 at 8:01 pm //

    It’s a live investigation, other than a hot beverage and and a pat on the back while saying there there, nothing more they can do in the public eye!

  3. Makes sense to me. If found not guilty the CFLPA will reengage with Cummings in the future. If found guilty he will be dropped as a member because he will be off to the big house for a very long time. Maybe not in Canada but in the USA he likely would get a big time sentence. Doubt if her ever returns to Canada unless forced to do so.

  4. have you heard of extradition?

  5. Dumb question // March 9, 2018 at 7:02 am //

    I just hope super Dave or BC Dave now realizes the difference between someone getting busted with a bag of a plant that he smokes himself or someone that has been charged with different issues regarding sexual assault. A 300lb dude non the less.

    • We don’t know if it’s true, he hasn’t gone to trial yet.
      I will pass judgement after the trial.
      With Duron Carter it’s entirely different situation, he was caught “red-handed” by CBA agents, there will not be a trial with witnesses etc. He is guilty and the judge will sentence him.

  6. Pennyrocker // March 9, 2018 at 9:22 am //

    Cummings is charged on Oct 16 2016 for four counts and played all year for the Eskimos and nothing was said or done. I smell something wrong here. Especially when it only took a month for Carter to be outted. The league definitely out to give the Riders a hard time and point fingers.

  7. Pennyrocker // March 9, 2018 at 9:47 am //

    Add on
    I also look at this as an example of harassment towards the Riders and any member of the Riders over the past few years. The Bombers said they knew of the charges and traded to the Eskimos.

    • Blue rules // March 9, 2018 at 11:49 am //

      Pennyrocker, the only harassment towards the Riders are the (few) moronic uneducated fans such as yourself, it’s sad, the Cummings investigation was likely quiet so a thorough investigation can be completed to ensure charges will lead to a conviction! DC’s drug charges are in comparison small potatoes. Nevertheless it happened at an airport (twice) that will make the news! I believe it only became news after the second charge….BTW Bombers did nothing wrong, soon as the Bombers were informed they in turn informed the CFL. At this point the charges were alleged, an accusation only, no proof to remove a player (DC will be available to play until he is charged as well) at the end of the 2016 season the Bombers released Cummings (did not trade him to Edmonton) the Bombers took the high road, the league has a duty to inform, unless (possible) the police wanted everything to appear normal so they can continue to investigate (just in theory). I’m sure we will learn more after the case goes to court! As for DC he had one court date already and it seems nothing has leaked, not to my knowledge. The sky is not always falling in Regina, it just people like you who make it seem that way. Most Saskatchewan Roughrider’s fans are great and well informed people. Please think before you blame everything that happens to the Riders on everybody else. Have a good day

  8. Pennyrocker // March 9, 2018 at 7:04 pm //

    Your right Rider fans are well informed. We watch our team and players. Even when Jackson was charged with an offence he was off the team. Unlike the Bombers hiding the charge on Cummings and sent him to free agent.

  9. Stay classy Winterpeg and BC Pussy Cats. You do nothing but further the “bush league” mentality.

  10. Ned Flanders // March 10, 2018 at 11:43 am //

    Karl your comment makes you sound like true moron

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