The reigning CFL Most Outstanding Player – who used his acceptance speech last November to implore both sides to get a new collective bargaining agreement done – says he won’t report to training camp without a new CBA in place.

Calgary Stampeder quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell may not have Twitter anymore but he still has friends with social media accounts. Toronto defensive end Shawn Lemon, a former teammate, took to Twitter Wednesday to say that Mitchell was on board with the CFLPA’s plan to keep players from showing up without a deal.

3DownNation confirmed with Mitchell that the exchange with Lemon is accurate (and someone tell Lemon to charge his phone if he’s going to be breaking news like this.)

As 3Down’s John Hodge reported earlier Wednesday, the CFLPA’s bargaining committee has instructed players via a memo not to arrange travel to the league’s member clubs for training camp. The group has also informed players that the association does not intend to work past May 18th unless a new deal can first be agreed upon.

It’s a bold strategy intended to provide the union with some much-needed leverage but one that will depend on the support of big name players like Mitchell, Mike Reilly and Trevor Harris. While a number of other players have voiced their support for the move, Mitchell is the biggest name so far.

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