Ottawa Redblacks head coach Rick Campbell said Wednesday defensive back Jonathan Rose will play in the Grey Cup.
Rose was handed a one-game suspension Tuesday for pushing an official during Ottawa’s East final win against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The 25-year-old immediately appealed his suspension and it is unlikely an arbitrator will be able to hear the case and make a decision before kickoff Sunday night against the Calgary Stampeders in Edmonton.
“I just wanted to mention a little bit on the Jonathan Rose situation because I was flying all day yesterday [Tuesday] and it was kind of a whirlwind. That he’s eligible to play in this game because of how the whole process is working, we will use him and have him play in the game,” Campbell said.
“I’m going to stay away from commenting on it, and our team’s going to stay away from commenting on it just because there’s a whole process that’s gotta happen between the league and the union and let that whole thing play out.”
The Redblacks travelled to the Alberta capital on Tuesday and Rose did not speak with reporters as the team arrived at the airport.
Rose, a CFL East Division all-star this season as well as in 2016, was flagged for unnecessary roughness and ejected for contacting an official with 37 seconds left in the first half following a sideline melee after a Tiger-Cats reception.
The CFL acknowledge the magnitude of the CFL title game in the statement announcing Rose’s suspension.
“We are extremely reluctant to take an action that could prevent an athlete from joining his teammates for what may be the most important game of his life. But there is another principle at stake, one which has very significant implications for our league and sport in general,” the league said.
“If we fail to send a strong signal when there is physical abuse of an official, whatever the circumstances, we risk sending the wrong message to not only the athletes in our league but young and aspiring athletes, coaches and even parents throughout sport.”
Rose went around the locker room after the East Final and apologized to teammates
– with CP files