Ticats Brandon Banks addresses sideline outburst in loss to Riders: ‘It was my fault’

Brandon Banks says he and head coach June Jones have talked things out after the Hamilton Tiger-Cats receiver’s sideline meltdown during last Friday’s loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

TSN cameras captured Banks slamming his helmet to the ground in frustration and appearing to express his frustration with Jones after the team failed to execute an onside punt early in the third quarter. The turnover led to Rider touchdown and lead they would not relinquish.

“I’m just tired of losing to teams I think we should beat. I think we’re killing ourselves, that’s pretty much what I was frustrated about,” Banks said Thursday. “He definitely called me into the office later in the week and we just talked. I definitely need better body language because I consider myself a leader on the team, I can’t get that emotionally unstable. He definitely told me that I need to control it.”

Jones said after the game that the emotional outbursts – and Banks wasn’t the only one to lose his cool on the sideline – is “something that losers do,” and that it would be addressed.

Banks said that’s what happened.

“He’s doing what a coach is supposed to do. That was definitely out character. It was my fault,” Banks said. “Hopefully we can get back on the winning side and make everybody smile.”

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