Glen Suitor says Victor Butler owes Canada and the CFL an apology

TSN analyst Glen Suitor unloaded on Victor Butler on Monday.

The Argos defensive end wrote a column about his current situation with Toronto that was published on 3DownNation on Friday.

Suitor, appearing on 980 CJME’s The Green Zone with Jamie Nye, took issue with a number of the issues raised by Butler.

“I wanted make this point because I’ve been thinking about it all weekend, it’s really offensive language, it’s inflammatory and it’s disrespectful. I think Victor Butler needs to be held accountable and maybe owes the country and CFL fans a bit of an apology. An article that is disparaging and is directed towards the league itself, the Argos, the city of Toronto, and all those who have played in the league and have contributed to the league’s growth and success, I just think there’s been some offensive language,” Suitor said.

The former Riders defensive back went on to quote and opine on Butler’s thoughts.

“First of all right out of the gate, he uses that word that the Argos are holding him hostage and that the team is going back on its word, both of which is not true. This was a business decision by Victor Butler that decided on a handshake with Jim Barker who was fired a couple of weeks later, that he would be allowed to pursue NFL opportunities in between the term of his contract. That agreement was made with Barker, not current management, current management has a different philosophy. He does admit that in the article that [Jim] Popp was hired after he signed his deal,” Suitor said.

“But let’s start with what he says about the team and the league and I quote, this comes out of Butler’s article, ‘the organization is trying to oppress and stockpile American talent.’ Americans in the Canadian Football League are given an opportunity they never have received to continue to play football. Victor Butler was sitting on the couch when he got the chance to play again. So I think the word oppressed is inflammatory at best, but offensive.”

Suitor kept on going.

“He goes on to say, ‘to have those dreams or goals – and that’s the dream of playing in the NFL – denied to you is a crime against humanity.’ I know that throughout history there has been many crimes against humanity that are disgusting, this is not one of them. This is a business decision by a football player. I would call those offensive remarks as well,” Suitor said.

Then Suitor addressed Butler’s “shots” at the city of Toronto.

“He goes on in this article to rant about a bat in the locker room and the facilities and then he says and I quote again ‘off-field things are even tougher, trying to find a safe and secure place for you and your family to live on a $1,000 housing expense, a housing allowance that he’s given a $1,000,’ Suitor said.

“If it’s tough to find a place to live in Toronto that’s safe, I’m concerned, that’s where my daughter lives currently. If you want to talk about finding a safe place to live or a bat in the locker room try and live in Manhattan. My daughter has lived there as well and in Manhattan there’s cockroaches as big as rats that probably battle the rats in every apartment in the U.S.’s biggest city.”

Up next: Suitor’s opinion on Butler’s view of CFL salaries.

“This is an important one for me because I think salaries in pro sports are out of perspective anyway. He made $60,000 if you add playoffs and maybe this housing allowance of $1,000 a month, now let’s say he’s up right around $80,000 a year in his entry-level contract in year one. Here’s his quote, ‘to maintain a home not to mention transportation, groceries, renting on the CFL salary isn’t very pretty,’ Suitor said.

“Well I did a little research and according to a report done by the Canadian Press, which is using numbers from the national household survey, the average Canadian income is $38,700 – 90 per cent of our country is making less than $80,000. So I think you’ll have to forgive, Victor Butler is going to have to forgive those hardworking Canadian that are making $38,000 or less a year if they don’t feel sorry for Victor Butler who can’t find a safe place to live in Toronto, our biggest city and has to scrap by on his $80,000 for six months for his CFL deal.”

And Suitor finishes it off.

“He goes on and rips the Canadian ratio and shows he is completely uneducated in that regard. And by the way when it comes to the ratio, a rule I will never apologize for as a stakeholder in the Canadian Football League, because I’ve also had kids try to work on visas, try and get a job in the U.S. if you’re a Canadian citizen and come and tell me how difficult that really is to get a green card or a visa,” Suitor said.

“I’m sure Victor Butler is a good teammate and he’s sincere about trying to be a good father and do the best he can for his family, but he went way, way too far in this article. And I’ll wrap it up by his final quote, that is driving me crazy and did all weekend, ‘I’m vexed that anyone would want to be part of a league that preys on the dreams of young men then holding them and their talents hostage until they submit to a position of powerlessness.’ Victor Butler made a business decision based on a handshake agreement with a GM that’s no longer in the league and he regrets it. He went way too far, it was offensive, it was inflammatory language.”

Suitor wishes Butler well to end.

“I say good luck to Victor Butler, to be honest with you. Good luck in your future endeavours. Maybe the XFL will give him a chance down the road.”

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