Calgary Stampeders’ linebacker Cameron Judge will not appeal the one-game suspension he received on Tuesday from the CFL for punching B.C. Lions’ receiver Lucky Whitehead.
“I feel like I let my team down and that’s usually not something that I do. But that’s what happened and I feel bad about it. I hope my guys will get my back out there and get the win (without me this week),” Judge told the media in Calgary.
The 27-year-old struck Whitehead on the field following B.C.’s 31-29 victory in overtime on Saturday at McMahon Stadium. The star receiver reportedly made disparaging comments regarding Judge’s family during the game, though the veteran linebacker chose not to confirm or deny what Whitehead said when speaking to reporters.
“I think the people who need to hear what went down have heard it, so I’m just ready to move on,” said Judge.
The incident led to a postgame altercation between the two teams as, according to eyewitness accounts, a number of B.C. players made their way to Calgary’s locker room exit after the game. Players from both teams were seen shouting at each other in the parking lot and had to be separated by police.
“I respect what the league does and they are in charge,” said head coach Dave Dickenson. “As a team, we understand what our standards are and what we want to embrace and how we want to be known. Other than that, we’re moving forward and looking forward to a good game.”
Judge has had an excellent season in Cowtown, recording 66 total tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, and one interception in 14 starts at weak-side linebacker.
The Stamps (8-5) will visit the Lions (9-3) at BC Place Stadium on Saturday with kickoff slated for 10:00 p.m. EDT. Though B.C. has already secured the season series, Calgary can still surpass their west coast rivals in the West Division standings.