Add another big star to the list of CFL players who say they won’t be attending training camp when they open on May 19.
B.C. Lions quarterback Mike Reilly took to Twitter and is with his “fellow brothers in the #CFLPA.”
I’m always with my fellow brothers in the #CFLPA. No CBA, no bonuses, no pay, no reason to step foot on the field. You want football (which we all do) get to the damn table and get it done. Find something that both sides can be content with so we can all enjoy a great season.
— Mike Reilly (@Rikester13) April 19, 2019
Reilly joins Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, who said that he would not be attending Stampeders’ camp without a new CBA in place. A number of other high profile players have also said they won’t be showing up, including Toronto Argonaut defensive end Shawn Lemon, running back James Wilder Jr., Hamilton Tiger-Cat defensive tackle Ted Laurent, Calgary offensive lineman Derek Dennis, punter Rob Maver and back up quarterback Nick Arbuckle.
On Wednesday, the CFLPA’s bargaining committee 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.
The move came after the league informed the players that they intended to delay negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement until April 29, a move the union opposed. The CFL has also withheld off-season bonus money until a new deal is ratified, a move designed to pressure players into a new deal.
The 34-year-old Reilly is one of the league’s most recognizable players having won two Grey Cups and the 2017 CFL Most Outstanding Player award. He signed a new four-year contract with the Lions in February that is due to pay him $2.9 million over the term of the deal.