CFLPA president Solomon Elimimian: United Football Players Association statement created unnecessary distraction

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The CFL Players’ Association wanted to clear up any confusion with its union.

The United Football Players Association released a statement Tuesday which read in part: there is a strong likelihood that the CFL may cancel the 2021 and 2022 seasons. That caused reactions and feelings of uncertainty in players around the Canadian league.

CFLPA president Solomon Elimimian sent a memo to the membership outlining the union’s position.

There is an organization called the United Football Players Association (UFPA) purporting to have knowledge of the CFL, our bargaining, and the status of the 2021 and 2022 seasons. They do not!  

The only credible information should come from your player reps or the CFLPA office directly.

Today’s statement by the UFPA has created unnecessary distraction as we remain focused on playing a 2021 season.

Our advice to you, when seeking information, is to contact the CFLPA office directly or your elected team player representatives.

The CFL unveiled its 2021 schedule in November with the pre-season scheduled to begin on Sunday, May 23, while the regular season is slated to get underway on Thursday, June 10, and the Grey Cup in Hamilton on Sunday, November 21 in Hamilton. And commissioner Randy Ambrosie has promised plenty of football during the current year.

The league and union began meetings during the second week of February with a focus on putting football on the field this year.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.