Former Riders linebacker Cameron Ontko took a shot at the CFL on Tuesday, while also bragging about how much money he’s making selling insurance.
Ontko’s Tweet is framed around why he isn’t missing training camp.
Not gonna lie, I feel bad for all the guys going through TC right now now cause 1 it sucks 2 there’s nothing enjoyable about it 3 making a squad is hard (never made a final cut) 4 cfl money is TRASH easy to say after $3320 day and a 5k week ????
— Cameron Ontko (@CamOntkoLB) May 21, 2018
Ontko announced his retirement from football in March, citing concerns over his physical and mental health.
The 26-year-old played in 29 games over three seasons with B.C., Calgary and Saskatchewan. The native of Cleveland, Ohio suited up for ten games for the Riders last season, making 10 special teams tackles. He was released last December.
According to LinkedIn, Ontko is the director of quality assurance for the Surace Smith Group in the Cleveland/Akron area which describes itself as an “entrepreneurial organization specializing in leadership development that utilizes financial and insurance products to protect the assets of middle-class America.”
Ontko’s Tweet elicited a strong response from Toronto Argonauts defensive lineman Frank Beltre, a former teammate in Calgary.
You sound salty to me bro. Don’t disrespect this game that I love. You had your time made you money and didn’t invest it well, I’m sorry. You have an education to fall back on be thankful. What the average CFL player makes in 5 moths, the average American makes it in a year. https://t.co/2x5uwjE0CO
— Frank Beltre (@Beltre__) May 23, 2018
It’s nice that Ontko is doing well in his post-football life. But he may want to take down his pinned Tweet with highlights from the 2016 CFL season that mentions how much he’s looking forward to playing again…
Here's the original..Few clips from 2016 season, can't wait to get back on the field! pic.twitter.com/MnfAZ6YOgP
— Cameron Ontko (@CamOntkoLB) January 7, 2017