Redblack Kyries Hebert says being called dirty ‘hurt my feelings’

According to Ottawa Redblacks linebacker Kyries Heber, he will not be appealing the one-game suspension levied on him for a high hit on Calgary Stampeders receiver DaVaris Daniels.

“They made a decision, rules are made so that we can abide by them – look to be a better tackler, 800-plus career tackles and four of them cost me money, so I gotta be better for the sake of the quality of the game and health of all involved. Playing fast, playing hard – I’ll take my target lower,” Hebert told TSN radio and assembled media.

“I saw Twitter: ‘He’s the dirtiest player in history’. That hurt my feelings. At the end of the day no one was hurt and I’m happy that everyone came away from a play that looked to be dangerous and walked away healthy.”

Ottawa Redblacks’ Kyries Hebert, right, slams into Calgary Stampeders’ DaVaris Daniels, during second half CFL football action in Calgary, Thursday, June 28, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Hebert didn’t feel it was a dirty hit.

“From my angle and being on the field I know that I turned my shoulder, it wasn’t helmet to helmet, my shoulder actually contacted where the ball was,” Hebert said. “I didn’t get suspended for helmet to helmet, it was considered high, but I don’t think those the terms used for the suspension.”

Hebert was asked what he would do if put in commissioner Randy Ambrosie’s position having to rule on the hit.

“I would invite me to Toronto and have a sit down with me. I understand and respect his position and I want to do what’s best for the league,” Hebert said.

The 37-year-old defender will sit out Friday’s game against the Alouettes where he played the last six seasons only to have the team release him in the off-season.

“It hurts,” Hebert said. “I was looking forward to going back to Montreal.”

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