Riders’ Brett Lauther celebrates Labour Day Classic game-winning kick by chugging Pilsner

Brett Lauther celebrated the Riders win like any other green and white supporter: downing a Pilsner.

Lauther booted a 26-yard field goal on the last play of the Labour Day Classic to make Saskatchewan walk-off winners.

It was the first time Lauther hit a three-pointer on the final snap and the excitement brought about a pure celebration.

Similar to when former Ottawa Redblacks offensive lineman John Gott.

Last November following an Ottawa touchdown, the six-foot-three, 297-pound Gott took the league’s liberal touchdown celebration policy to a new level. He ran into the end-zone stands, grabbed a beer from his girlfriend and started chugging it through his facemask. When he was finished, Gott crushed the can against his helmet.

Gott’s celebration went viral but it led to a change in the celebration policy from the league.

We are amending our policy on on-field celebrations to prohibit the use of alcohol or drugs and the mimicking of the use of alcohol or drugs.

Football is a game and for our fans it is a source of entertainment. It should be fun. That is why we amended our on-field celebration policy this year to, among other things, allow the use of props.

When a player celebrated a touchdown this weekend by drinking a fan’s beer, he was acting within that policy and no discipline was mandated. 

However, the situation prompted several discussions with our clubs which indicated concern there is a risk that repeated celebrations featuring alcohol, or for that matter drugs, could send the wrong signal about our players, especially to young and impressionable fans.

To put it simply, to have this happen once may, for many people at least, have been fun and even funny. But to have it happen again and again, and possibly include other substances, was not in the best interests of the CFL or the communities it calls home.

Based on the new rules, Lauther could be disciplined for having a little fun. That would ruin all the fun.