Redblacks’ defensive back Jonathan Rose, who was suspended for the Grey Cup by the CFL for shoving an official in last week’s East Final, has an interception early in the championship game. Rose appealed his suspension and, as such, is eligible to play today.
Rose picked off Bo Levi Mitchell on Calgary’s first drive as the Stampeder quarterback looked for Bakari Grant in the end zone.
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) November 25, 2018
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 in the East Final following a sideline melee after a Tiger-Cats reception.
— CFL on TSN (@CFLonTSN) November 18, 2018
The CFL announced a one-game suspension for Rose on Tuesday but Rose appealed the suspension hours later. Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, both the CFL and players’ association must agree on an arbitrator before an appeal can be heard, a process that often takes several weeks.
There was plenty of debate over whether Rose should have been allowed to play this week – any process that takes weeks to play out is inherently flawed – and his pick is likely to add a little fuel to that debate.