CFL fines McLeod Bethel-Thompson for ‘inappropriate on-field incident with a cameraperson’

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The Canadian Football League has fined Toronto Argonauts’ quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson for “inappropriate on-field incident with a cameraperson” following the Eastern Final on Sunday, Dec. 5. As per league policy, the amount of the fine was not disclosed.

The 33-year-old made contact with a camera at the completion of the game, which ended in a disappointing 27-19 loss for the Argos.

“I think tempers were high on a lot of ends. I know, the cameraman was just trying to do his job. I felt like he was too close in a vindictive way, but there was zero excuse for me to touch the camera in any form or fashion,” Bethel-Thompson said following the incident.

“It’s unacceptable behaviour. And hopefully, this can reach that cameraman that I’m very sorry for interfering with his work. I was trying to get to the Hamilton team to congratulate them, which was a hard enough endeavour.”

Bethel-Thompson completed 66.3 percent of his pass attempts during the 2021 regular season for 2,303 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. His performance in the East Final was middling, completing 24-of-38 pass attempts for 283 yards.

The veteran quarterback is a pending free agent who will hit the open market on February 8, 2022 unless he is re-signed by the Argos.