Riders DB L.J. McCray kicked out after throwing punch on fully-padded Redblacks lineman

Photo courtesy: Murray McCormick/Regina Leader-Post

Riders’ defensive back L.J. McCray landed a right but it cost him the left.

McCray was ejected from Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Redblacks for punching offensive lineman Nolan MacMillan. The 28-year-old is in his first season playing north of the border.

McCray spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers. He spent 2016 out of football following a failed physical. Carolina inked the cover man for training camp in 2017, but he was released following an injury. Buffalo signed McCray and he ended the season with the Bills.

Even though McCray happens to be new to the CFL, there is no football league where it’s acceptable to throw a punch without discipline. But the fact Alouettes defensive backs Tommie Campbell or Jarnor Jones weren’t penalized for their actions in Week 10 might have confused McCray.