CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie is satisfied with how the league handled the Euclid Cummings matter.
“Based on a very quick but very intensely thorough process, I made the decision to void that player’s contract… well in line with my authority,” Ambrosie told Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun. “I don’t to the best of my knowledge know of very many leagues that have voided players’ contracts, as we did in this case.”
Provincial court documents show the 6-foot-3, 300-pound Atlanta native was charged last April with four criminal offences involving two alleged victims stemming from incidents in Vancouver on Oct. 16, 2016. His team at the time, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, played their regular-season finale at B.C. Place on Oct. 14, 2016. Cummings is charged with sexual assault, assault and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm to one person, and the sexual assault of another.
In November 2016, the Bombers were notified by the Vancouver Police about a matter involving Cummings and immediately informed the CFL. Edmonton subsequently signed Cummings on Feb. 27, 2017, two months before he was charged by police.
He played in 16 regular season games for the Eskimos last season making 21 tackles and registering eight sacks. The Eskimos said they weren’t aware of the incident or charges before he was signed or while he was a member of the team.
Cummings signed as a free agent with the Lions during free agency in February and general manager Ed Hervey stated the team was given no indication by the player or his representation that these charges existed and that B.C. would not have offered him a contract had the Lions known about the situation.
While the league may be satisfied with its response, there are still questions as to why they did not follow up after being informed of a criminal investigation into Cummings’ conduct more than a year before his contract was voided.