Riders play-by-play man believes Bo Levi Mitchell ‘mentally weak’ for going off Twitter

Saskatchewan Roughriders radio play-by-play man Rod Pedersen believes he has learned something about Bo Levi Mitchell after the Calgary Stampeders quarterback deleted his Twitter account.

“[It] tells me, quite frankly, how mentally weak the Calgary Stampeders quarterback is. And that’s not me beaking. I teach athletes and public people how to deal with trolls because you’re going to have to change – society’s not. And for Bo Levi to say I’m off Twitter now, just tells the trolls they’ve won,” Pedersen said on his 620 CKRM Regina radio show, The SportsCage.

Mitchell wanted to rein in the focus by getting off the social media platform.

“It’s a shame for the CFL that Bo Levi Mitchell is going off Twitter because he was good for the league,” Pedersen said. “I’d love to have an hour with Bo Levi just to tell him how he needs to look at things and not turn and run.”

The irony in Pedersen criticizing Mitchell for going silent on Twitter is that he previously has told Bo Levi to shut his mouth.

Mitchell’s former teammate Nik Lewis defended the quarterback.

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115 Comments on Riders play-by-play man believes Bo Levi Mitchell ‘mentally weak’ for going off Twitter

  1. Pederson is pretty pompous, hyper critical of everything that isn’t green and white and blind to any foil that may pop up in Regina. Going off twitter and all forms of social media is good for everyone, not just Bo.

    • Puck Hog // April 25, 2018 at 1:04 am //

      I thought The title could have ended after “Bo Levi Mitchell mentally weak”. Period.

    • brian johnson // April 25, 2018 at 9:46 am //

      Carter is the one who should have his twitter account closed because of all the wasteful crap he spouts.

  2. Good on Roddy, he gets people talking about the CFL. We need more of this, not less.

    • Talking about the CFL and talking foolishly are two completely different things. Rod talks foolishly. He brings the CFL back to its small time roots. The league needs to grow away from his kind of talk.

    • Peterson is a Bob Mccown wannabe. There are some people around town that have been backstabbed by this guy. So beware!!!

  3. What a clown. The fact the rider allow this guy to be their voice is pretty telling. Yes all broadcast voices have a biased, but this guy goes too far.
    Last year, ridrnation lambbasted BLM everytime he went on twitter, now that he’s off it he’s weak?? The guy that’s weak in Rod Petersen, without Bo he has no material.

  4. Bo probably accomplishes more in a day than RP does in a weak!

  5. Not a Bo fan but would take him on our team in a heartbeat. With all due respect to Roddy, I think this is a good decision. Anything which can distract you or your teammates isn’t worth it. Sure Roddy is just trying to provoke a response from Bovine. All is fair in love and war (and cfl) I guess.

  6. What a tool Pedersen is….

  7. I love this cause now rp is even getting in bo peeps head. Keep up the mind games Rod, but dont make him cry. He is so going to hate to have to play the Riders this season because the defense looks scary and he still tastes the last 2 games against us

  8. Hahaha red red red.. do t you see what goes doing? As 3 downs resident “troll” surely you get that he’s just doing the same thing only he’s on the air. He’s pompous and arrogant no doubt (although these comments in print only give it a certain context). You seem a little jealous that he’s stealing your moves there bud. The nerve of that man!

  9. Honestly….who cares if he got off twitter. His choice, his decision. I don’t have any use for social media anyway, think it causes more grief than good these days.

  10. I didn’t realize this off season Rod went to grad school and got a doctorate in psycho-analysis… I hope he will help us better understand what the term “weak” means and why Twitter really matters. Moreover, perhaps he will also give us insights into the mind of the leader of North Korea. After all that he can tell us what the mind of Chris Jones consists of in relation to weak and twitting…

  11. Haha anything Red says about Rod has no bearing. Red you are a massive troll and you get baited and owned on here daily!!! Hahaha.

  12. Scottsask // April 24, 2018 at 11:14 am //

    Not sure where this is coming from, I listened to Rods show yesterday and he never said that. Fake News. He did say he was disappointed he was going off Twitter, but never said “mentally weak.” Trolling at its best.

    • I am a regular listener as well and I agree with Scottsask, he did not ay he was “mentally weak”!

  13. Huff's Neighbor // April 24, 2018 at 11:18 am //

    Roddy calling them like he sees it. As he always has done like him or not. Bo Tweet, Little Bo Beep, what ever you want to call him is a weak minded sour puss who can’t get his team over the hump. Great regular season guy, but when the chips are down, he folds like a Mrs Red’s one piece pajamas.

  14. CowtownDave // April 24, 2018 at 11:19 am //

    Very unprofessional on the part of Pederson. And not the first time. You don’t get to where Bo is by being “mentally weak”. IMO, a wise decision by Bo. All Twitter does is cause problems for pro athletes.

  15. Honestly ppl should take notice that BLM is off of Twitter. If he is focusing all his energy into stepping up is game even more, that is a scary thought as a fan of another team.

  16. Lol He’s not lying!! I’ve been saying this since I heard the news of him dropping his social media. He can’t handle any of the pressure. Its showing his true colours. And thats yellow 😉 lol

    • What would you say if Carter had shut down is Twitter and Bo didn’t??? You’d point to the clear maturity of Carter. Wouldn’t you?

      • Why would he? He’s not bothered by the haters/trolls. A certain someone sure is though… I guess putting your foot in your mouth on the carter pick6 and the 2 grey cup chokes is making him a sad panda.

        • Bo’s been to three and won one and has an MOP. Carter has not lasted more than two years on any team he has been on dating back to high school. This is year two in Sask, time may be up!

      • Don’t you have a job?

      • Wy do you care?

  17. IMO, we should all get off “Facebook” after 600K Canadians had our profiles used for other proposes without our permission. Twitter, well a home for trolls generally. Too much “click bait” going around. people just do not have better things to do. Enjoy the day.

  18. Gawd love ya RP! What a beauty

  19. Gainer Jr // April 24, 2018 at 11:45 am //

    Mr Red the biggest troll out there is disgusted with RP cause of his trolling on BLM. Jealous that he has an actual voice to the public and you can only slander on 3DN haha. I don’t have twitter and don’t see a need for it what so ever. But it is entertaining (Jimmy Kimmel friends read mean tweets) comes to mind. The thought of giving dumba**es a platform like twitter to spew garbage is insane.

  20. Pederson is a clown…there are plenty of pro athletes much bigger than Bo that do not go on twitter…

  21. Sixbeamers // April 24, 2018 at 11:49 am //

    Anybody who plays professional football is, by definition, mentally strong. Not only are these CFL players exceptional in an athletic sense — well beyond the common herd — but they perform under pressures, expectations and demands at great risk to body and mind that few of us can comprehend.
    Rod Pederson knows this. But he’s doing what a sportscaster does, the stock in trade of the profession — stirring the pot, to engage, have some fun and illicit a reaction from his radio and web audience.
    You just know that, deep down, anyone as close to the CFL scene as Rod Pedersen has acquired abiding respect for the league’s players, Bo Levi included — because Mr. Pedersen knows what they do is beyond the ken of most mortal men.

  22. Rod Peterson is a douchebag.

    • Rod Pedersen you magnificent trolling b*st*rd. The stamps can keep Mr Red, we will keep our guy who actually has a voice lol

  23. People that want a league with with the theatrics the likes of Pedersen and Carter, should have supported the XFL more.

    • Their theatrics are exactly the same as yours, except they don’t talk garbage constantly like you do. Can’t wait to read your 139 comments you are going to put on this one story.

      • greenenvy? // April 24, 2018 at 12:10 pm //

        Rod & Luc are owned by Jones. His job depends on spouting the green Kool-Aid. If you want a handle on the Riders, those are the last 2 to go to. As for being mentally weak, that would explain BLM playing with a damaged wing all year. Even a lot of Rider fans have had their fill of Pederson. He’s a cheerleader, not an expert.

    • Stampland // April 24, 2018 at 11:16 pm //

      Yes, I agree with Mr. Red. Bo has a weak mind and can’t handle social media.

  24. Si1ver Fox // April 24, 2018 at 11:57 am //

    You don’t need to look any further that BLM’s late season and playoff record to understand the mental fortitude that this guy possesses. Rod is just jealous that he doesn’t have the notoriety that BLM does. ‘Nuff said.

  25. Sixbeamers // April 24, 2018 at 11:59 am //

    Correction above: “elicit (not illicit) a reaction . . .”

  26. Peterson is a pom pom waving bag lick. It’s pathetic how much he shills for the Riders – – is he truly that desperate to keep his job?

    As for Bo Mitchell, he’s clearly a guy who struggles with the big game spotlight. Very similar to Jon Cornish who always seemed to get stage fright and fold when the spotlight was on.

    Big time players always step up in the big time games. Collapsing against the mediocre RedBags and the Argos in back to back championship games is a terrible embarrassment.

    Two of the biggest choke jobs in CFL history.

  27. Should Rod really be calling someone else “mentally weak”. Pot calling the kettle black. How did those predictions go last year Rod? or the year before? or the year before that? …..

    • greenenvy? // April 24, 2018 at 12:41 pm //

      Not sure why he makes predictions. Already told him he’d predict Riders 1st & in the Cup this year & quelle surprise, Roddy came through earlier this year. Too bad I couldn’t get odds in Vegas. Roddy says, 2019 – Riders 1st, Grey Cup, 2020 – Riders, 1st Grey Cup, 2021 – Riders 1st, Grey Cup. Rinse, repeat. You heard it here first.

  28. White Horse // April 24, 2018 at 12:18 pm //

    Area 51…wrong. The biggest choke and the most laughable one was the riders 13th man. That will reign forever as stupidity at it’s best.

    • Calgary was a massive favourite over both the RedBags and the Argos. Both years the Stamps ran away with the regular season “championship” but then choked and collapsed in the only game that really matters.

      Regina was NOT the best team in the league during the 2009 regular season and they were NOT favourites in the 2009 Grey Cup.

      Check your facts, my friend.

      • But they had the game won and didn’t know to who was supposed to be on the FG team. Not coming through with the game on the line is actually the definition of choking.

    • Puck Hog // April 25, 2018 at 1:13 am //

      White horse, 13th man was not a choke. It was a penalty. The penalty could have been offside or any other infraction that would give the opposition another chance to win the game. Happens quite often. For Stamp fans, they pump their tires on this. I don’t get it?

  29. Some of you understand journalism…some don’t. IN my very brief career as a sports scribe, before transitioning to a career that paid much better (with better working hours) I quickly learned that stirring the pot sells newspapers. (that was when everybody read actual print on paper, no devices back then)
    I am, for the most part, ambivalent re:this debate.
    He shows flashes of insight, in between flashes of arrogance. Sort, of like the alternating blue and red lights on a cop car. Because he fought and won (so far) his battle with alcoholism (not an easy war) he seems to feel that qualifies him to be an expert on everything related to lifestyle, and life choices. All the while, he fails to recognize that a person doesn’t need to jump off a bridge to recognize the consequences, and that the same prudent person just may have better life-coping skills without hitting rock bottom first. ie. a person doesn’t need to be connected to law enforcement by a pair of handcuffs first, to later learn how to become a good detective.

    As for anyone going off twitter, good on him/her. It can be an ugly place that can squeeze the life out a person. The guy just arrested for shooting all those people was cyber-bullied, and physically bullied throughout his formative years. Truly a sad testament to con vs. pro of cyberspace.

    • Your low paying job, alcoholics, police cars, detectives and cyber bullies – – WTF was that rambling gibberish?

      • I realize it is really tough for you to read more than one sentence at a time. That’s OK, take your time. 2 or 3 words this week…a few more words next week. Maybe by about the year 2020 you will have been able to read all of it…of course, by that time you will have forgotten the first part, and…well, forget it…just look at a video game, which may be more suited to your mentality. 4/20 is over, sober up.

  30. The only thing weak in this story is Pedersen. How stupid is this guy to suggest that Mitchell is weak if he wants to stay off Twitter. Not all QBs are there. Levi does his part to promote the CFL.

  31. Okay so some fans are saying Rod never said what is being suggested here in the article…if that’s true you can expect Rod to fire back, but 3D and Rod are probably in bed together so maybe this is all just more clickbait.

  32. Rider lover // April 24, 2018 at 1:17 pm //

    Rod Pederson is the most knowledgeable guy in football and not a hint of bias!!! Anyone who says otherwise are tools- so naive!!!!

    • Take this // April 24, 2018 at 2:28 pm //

      So how do you explain the fact that Pederson picked the Riders for first place last year and the year before that and…. Not a hint of bias, huh? The last two years, he wasn’t even close to right; the Riders finishing dead last one year and fourth last year. He pumps Jones’s tires and knows who controls the Riders. That is about the only good thing I can say about Pederson. Telling Bo Levi to shut his mouth was an arrogant and classless thing to say. Especially when the Riders that he supports has the biggest mouthpiece in the league. I think BLM did the right thing by getting away from Twitter. That is not what he is being paid for. Perhaps avoiding the distractions and concentrating on the game are what is right for Bo Levi. Recognizing what he needs to do to be better on the field is certainly not a mental weakness. Quite the opposite, in fact. Perhaps it is Pederson who should shut his mouth. I guess he has your number though, Rider lover. Maybe you should just call yourself Pederson lover.

    • BlueBomberChris // April 24, 2018 at 2:31 pm //

      Rod is that you :p lol

  33. I think this was a smart move by Bovine..He rarely can back up his tweets on the field.. So this was he makes less of an ass of himself….

    • 59-10-2 regular season record.
      4-1 playoff record
      1-2 in GreyCup
      28 years old- The youngest starting QB in the league.
      Yup he rarely backs it up.
      Lets look at how often DC tweets and how often it’s backed up…

  34. Barry Soetoro // April 24, 2018 at 1:53 pm //

    I’m from Saskatchewan and I quit believing anything Rod Pedersen said, long ago. He could win an ego competition though.

  35. Rod I think you over did April 20 !!

  36. MR. Green // April 24, 2018 at 2:08 pm //

    Read 3down at lunch and had a nice laugh. Not one writer up top can claim this story tho. I won’t believe Roddy said that in the sports cage. Maybe he did and I missed it. That is funny because people are getting all worked up. Bo is an arrogant POS, I know that. He can’t handle Twitter even tho he started crap in the past. That is weak. Run and hide Mr. Chicken, run and hide.

    • Mr Green’s translation: I’m blindly jealous and wish BLM was our QB. Because that won’t happen, I’ll mask the jealousy with hateful spew

      • Puck Hog // April 29, 2018 at 9:17 am //

        Haha. Red, you just wrote your own bio: I’ll mask the jealousy with hateful spew.
        You want Chris Jones in Calgary, but you can’t have him.

    • Take this // April 24, 2018 at 2:37 pm //

      Oh and you think that Pederson can handle it? Try writing a few comments on Pederson’s site that are less then complimentary to him or the Riders or Chris Jones or Duron Carter. Most of them will be banned. He can’t take the heat but he owns the kitchen so he just prints comments that don’t bruise his ego too bad. I think he speaks to a shrinking audience because of his ego and arrogance.

      • Huff's Neighbor // April 24, 2018 at 4:49 pm //

        Not true at all. Please try again. Pedersen post all comments, from Rider fans and Rider haters alike. Mostly because he posts the hate speak I don’t read the comments anymore. So, again you are wrong.

        • bigboypants // April 24, 2018 at 5:02 pm //

          Not true. He enjoys letting his fans know when he bans someone & mentions it on his blog.

    • yeah Roddie did make the BO is Weak minded comment on his show !!! check out the pod cast if you don’t believe me . However Rod went on to explain why he made that comment via his journalistic analysis — again contrary tot he HATERS opinion ( WHO WOUDL BACK THAT PIECE OF HORSE CRAP BALLENTINE as a virtious journalist due his fanatical ravings regarding his STAMPEDERS ) , Pederson’s over the top fondness of the RIders has TONS of Support in the SPORTS -JOURNALISTIC FIELD — again look no further then ALBERTA head cases Bob Stauffer ( oilers bean head) Ballantyne, and to lesser extents Cambell/Ried/BRian Hall in Edmonton regarding Esks, Caravetta in BC re LIONS !!!! Pederson has tons of BIAS company , folks just NOTICE HIM more as he is the RIDER guy and for what ever reason folks follow EVERYTHING RIDERS related !!!!!!— gee not Canada’s team, well funny how everyone want’s to have an opinion about them ??????? Fan or not !!!

  37. BlueBomberChris // April 24, 2018 at 2:30 pm //

    Don’t know if he actually said it or not, don’t really care either way as it’s just one man’s opinion and he is entitled to it regardless of what you think of him.

    Personally I can’t stand Rod as I find him overly bias with his views of the league and some of his “theories” are pretty sad; but then again he doesn’t work for the league he works for the Riders (or their radio network) and his job is to promote the Riders and sell his show. He doesn’t care if Bomber, Stamp, and Esk fans like him or not, he’s not pandering to them but his audience. If you don’t like him don’t read his stuff, I don’t and I’ve even blocked him to not see stuff of his people retweet, etc. It’s not hard people lol

  38. You people have no idea that Rod is being truthful when he says he would like to talk to BLM and let him know that IT DOESNT MATTER what people in social media say about him. He knows VLM is good for the league

  39. Dwighty Boy // April 24, 2018 at 3:29 pm //

    It was fun reading all of the comments from the butt hurt rider hating fans on this blog… “wa wa wa, cry cry cry!!! Pedersen is a big meany and the riders suck and my team is better.”

  40. Take this // April 24, 2018 at 3:47 pm //

    In most cases, they are right. Just about every other team has been better, both short and long term.

  41. Rod Petersen would never meet with Bo. In fact I bet he comes down with an illness when he was to cover the riders at historic McMahon this season and stays home

  42. Take this // April 24, 2018 at 3:49 pm //

    And why in the world would Bo Levi want to talk to Pederson?

  43. In this difficult world, its nice to have a good laugh.

  44. Only comment HAHAHAHA…. Good on ya Roddy

  45. Well Mr Red, you are completely 100% WRONG. You don’t know Rod Pedersen.

    • bigboypants // April 24, 2018 at 5:04 pm //

      Into the suds already?

      • Nope. Rod is an advocate for those suffering with mental illness. He’s a life coach. He didn’t say BLM had a mental illness. He said he wanted to sit down and talk with him to tell him that it doesn’t matter what people say about him on Twitter. He wants him to be mentally tougher because BLM is good for the league….on the field and on social media.

  46. Bombs away // April 24, 2018 at 4:51 pm //

    Mr. Red, If I heard Catter had gone off the social media I would ask:”Is he now in jail?”

  47. Pederson is the biggest troll out there trashing other players and in the past, even the CFL. The least respected sportscaster and commentator not only in Canada, but North America.

    • Huff's Neighbor // April 24, 2018 at 4:55 pm //

      You must be working on your tan. Took you all day to throw your grenade into the fray. Hater for life that you are. See you Aug 25 when the Nation takes over the Place and thumps the Felions. But hate on, you’re almost as good as Mrs Red

    • Let’s be honest – – Peterson is the “voice” of sports in a dinkified little village. JrA hockey and being a shill for the Riders are the limit of his “ability”.

      In a large market like Toronto, Peterson would be lucky to be doing weather updates on the weekends.

  48. Bomb Away // April 24, 2018 at 5:38 pm //

    Me, The word jail should have clued you in 🙂

  49. Stampland // April 24, 2018 at 10:55 pm //

    I’m a Stamps season ticket holder. All i can say is I wish the Stampeders had media as realistic and passionate as Rod Peterson. He’s as dialed in as their fan base.

  50. Rider fan // April 24, 2018 at 11:52 pm //

    I am a rider fan. RP should not run at BLM’s mental state k. This is a serious subject. RP did not look to mentally tough on a TSN talk show a few years ago. He did not like being run at so don’t do the same.

  51. Green&Gold // April 25, 2018 at 12:04 am //

    I would sooner listen to RP over the goof from Calgary any day. Now that dude is brutal.

  52. haha that’s rich, a dull witted booze face ape like Pedersen calling someone weak………Congrats regina fans we now have more to laugh at you for.

  53. This thread reminds me of two mental midgets calling each other a mental midget.

  54. Tiger man // April 26, 2018 at 9:55 am //

    Pederson beaks off just to get attention.

    He has no idea why Mitchell decided to get off the social network highway.

    If he only had a clue…

  55. Riders as an orginization should be embarrased for having a dunce like this as their
    play by play man. Team has no class.

  56. colourmegreen // April 28, 2018 at 1:08 pm //

    Bo couldn’t handle being a q.v. and have a twitter account. Mentally weak for sure. He starts the trash talking and now is in hiding. What an embarrassment. And the lack if Canadian talent is telling.

  57. colourmegreen // April 28, 2018 at 1:10 pm //

    Make that QB. Thanks autocorrect

  58. Bo is mentally and very soon physically weak. This isn’t even a question but a reality for him. Texan QBs are wimps.

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