As tensions continue to mount between CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie and the players over the lack of communication about a COVID shortened CFL season, Toronto Argonauts’ receiver DaVaris Daniels has laid down the gauntlet.
“I’ll give you til July 3rd,” Daniels wrote cryptically on Twitter, tagging the embattled Commissioner. Many players have called for increased communication and a firm drop dead date for cancelling the season. Daniels appears to have one in mind and other players have jumped on board.
“Not a day later,” wrote former All-Star corner Anthony Orange, while Edmonton receiver Ricky Collins Jr simply responded “Same!!!!”. Fellow Argo Juwan Brescacin highlighted the tone of the tweet with a stare down reaction Gif.
It’s unclear what Daniels will do if his deadline is surpassed, but Montreal running back James Wilder Jr retired this week due to similar fears around economic uncertainty. There has been a lot of speculation that he won’t be the last prominent player to seek other career options.
CFLPA executive director Brian Ramsay called out commissioner Randy Ambrosie for not receiving concrete ideas regarding a collective agreement or about opportunities to get on the field this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The CFLPA let its union membership know collective bargaining discussions with the league have begun. From an association memo:
We have been formally invited to sit down with the CFL to — quote from the CFL’s letter — “join the CFLPRC in CBA negotiations to work with us on a COVID Recovery Plan that will deal with 2021 and beyond and also address collective agreement amendments that may be required should there be a shortened season in 2020.”
The CFL regular season was scheduled to kick-off on Thursday, June 11, but commissioner Randy Ambrosie has stated the earliest the league might return to play is September for a shortened season. Of course, the final decision on whether that indeed happens depends on what government and health officials deem safe for players and fans.