Brandon Banks doubles down on 2020 CFL season absence: ‘It’s not worth it’

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For anyone who had doubts about Brandon Banks changing course and playing in 2020, think again.

TSN analyst and Canadian Football Hall of Fame receiver Milt Stegall said on 1290 AM radio in Winnipeg Banks was just venting and he’ll be surprised if he’s not playing for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats if a CFL season kicks off this year. The reigning Most Outstanding Player responded definitively on Twitter.

“Well get surprise cause I’m not going to b there! It’s not worth it! 6 games? ….I have kids and family that needs me and me going to a bubble not able to see them! No it’s not about money but 33%, that’s playing for free for Americans,” Banks wrote.

“Yes I love the games and want to play bad but in my situation at home it’s not worth me to go to another Canada city to b stuck for 20 weeks! I rather stay here and continue building my business n take care home! See ya 2021 if they still interested in my services.” 

Just five days ago, July 19, after a fan asked Banks if the three-down league was going to play games in 2020, Banks replied on Twitter: “Idk what they gonna do but I won’t put on a helmet til 2021.” Banks added: “I will play on my 2020 contract agreements in 2021…..I wouldn’t do a great organization that’s been behind me for 8 years like that.”

“All I kno is football! That all I ever did since I was 5 years old! Don’t think it has ever been a day I haven’t thought about football EVER! I risk my life every season to play the game but again due to BRANDON BANKS circumstances, 6 game hub city not for me!” Banks stated on Twitter.

Half of the year Banks is a single parent taking care of Brandon Banks Jr., the nine-year-old namesake of the Ticats superstar receiver. In recent years, Banks Jr. has spent part of the CFL football season with Speedy B until school starts.

The 32-year-old Banks, one of the league’s biggest stars, won’t be putting a helmet on until the 2021 season.