Rod Pedersen calls for Ticats’ Simoni Lawrence to be suspended for the entire CFL season

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Rod Pedersen believes Simoni Lawrence should have been suspended for the entire CFL season.

Pedersen has become known for voicing his – strong – opinions and he did so on his self-named “The Rod Pedersen Show” regarding the incidents Lawrence has been involved in.

“What do you do with repeat offenders that just aren’t getting the messaged like Simoni Lawrence? Suspended two games for a head shot on Zach Collaros, fined the max amount for a head shot on Logan Kilgore for the Eskimos. He’s not getting the message,” Pedersen said.

Lawrence was suspended by the league for two games due to a head shot on quarterback Zach Collaros. Find for unnecessary roughness after twisting the ankle of Terry Williams in Week 14. And hit with the max fine for a head hit to quarterback Logan Kilgore in Week 15.

The NFL recently suspended Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict for the rest of the NFL season – amounts to 12 games – including any post-season games without pay. Burfict was ejected for his helmet-to-helmet shot on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle. As Burfict left the field at Lucas Oil Stadium he blew kisses to the crowd.

It’s the fourth suspension of Burfict’s career, third for an infraction on the field – the other was for banned substance use. In 2016 Burfict was suspended for three games for using his shoulder to make direct contact with the head of then-Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown. The following season Burfict was initially suspended five games, reduced to three after an appeal, for another blow to the head of Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman.

“You suspend him for the rest of the year without pay and that’s what should have happened to Simoni Lawrence. Why the CFL couldn’t figure that out I’m not sure,” Pedersen.

“It’s embarrassing for the CFL, you got the NFL taking things seriously and suspending Vontaze Burfict for the rest of the season for head shots. And what he did isn’t that much different than what he did to Logan Kilgore up in Edmonton. The guy was going down he went out of his way to target him and hit him in the head. It’s shameful.”

Hamilton’s linebacker broke the CFL record – held by former Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Reggie Hunt – for tackles in a game with 17 in Week 16 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Pedersen felt Lawrence should not have had a chance to keep playing due to his dangerous tackles so far in 2019.

“It’s a shame that a Hall of Famer like The Reaper would see his record fall to a thug-ish type like Simoni Lawrence, which I believe that he is,” Pedersen said.

Lawrence responded to the descriptive language used by Pedersen on Twitter.

The former radio play-by-play voice of the Riders is going to address the situation on his show. Stay tuned.