Montreal Alouettes linebacker Kyries Hebert has administered yet another dirty hit.
With his club on the verge of wrapping up a 21-9 win against the Argonauts on Friday night, Hebert launched himself at Toronto quarterback Cody Fajardo just as he was about to step out of bounds. Hebert led with the crown of his helmet and made contact with Fajardo’s head. He was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play and will likely face supplementary discipline from the league.
This is hardly the first questionable play from Hebert, who has a reputation as one of the dirtiest players in the CFL. His most notorious is a 2014 hit on running back Jon Cornish, which left the former Calgary Stampeder with a concussion. Hebert was ejected from the game and fined the maximum allowable by the CFL.
Hebery has rejected accusations that he’s a dirty player in the past.
“I don’t like that,” Hebert said recently. “I’m aggressive, I’m violent, I tear stuff up, but I don’t think it’s dirty. It’s usually within the rules most of the time. Ninety-nine per cent of the time, 98, 96 per cent of the time, I’m pretty sure. I do what I can to be a difference-maker on the field.”
New CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie has talked about the importance of player safety since being named to the post in July. Let’s see if he backs up that talk with a suspension for a repeat offender.