Jon Jennings wishes Ed Hervey addressed work ethic criticism with him directly

Jonathon Jennings wishes B.C. Lions general manager Ed Hervey confronted him face-to-face about comments critical of his work ethic.

“That stuff was interesting. I didn’t think it was the right timing when that stuff was said about me during the season and I ended up talking to Ed. I wish he would’ve just addressed it directly with me, I know words got portrayed a little differently, that’s what was told back to me,” Jennings said on 620 CKRM The SportsCage.

Hervey questioned the work ethic of Jennings and explained his reasoning last October.

“That stuff is just not true. If you ask anyone that knows me and is close to me, everyone knows how hard I work, everyone knows how much I care about the game, you can even talk to Travis [Lulay] about it. I’m not afraid to work hard and that’s not somebody that I want to be, I don’t want to be someone that everybody looks at he’s not working hard,” Jennings said.

“That’s so far from the person that I am in the first place. Ed has his own opinions just like everyone else will. That’s part of the business, you have to respect what people think and their opinions of you and if you don’t see eye-to-eye then that’s why there’s eight other teams in the league.”

Jennings broke into the CFL with B.C. in 2015. He produced a career-best season in 2016 throwing for 5,226 yards and 27 touchdowns. But regressed in 2016 with 3,639 yards with 16 touchdowns against 19 interceptions.

When Hervey took over as GM, he negotiated a pay cut with Jennings prior to the 2018 season which saw the 26-year-old usurped as the starter by veteran Travis Lulay. Both sides are moving on as Jennings looks for a new home when free agency opens on February 12.

“Every team is an option this year. We’re going to go in, weigh our options and pick the best destination. It’s going to be a big shift this year,” Jennings said.

“It’s not all about money for me, obviously that plays in a little bit, you’re not going to choose a team that’s trying to pay you way less than everybody else. I want to come into a situation where the team and the organization want me.”

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