Commenting on the recent fines of Chris Jones and the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Once again, Saskatchewan Roughriders coach Chris Jones has found himself in hot water with the league, as late in April it was revelaed that the Roughriders were fined $31,500 dollars for two separate bylaw violations.
One of these fines was revealed to have been for speaking with the publicist of the controversial Johnny Manziel. Manziel however is on the negotiation list of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats which would make actions of that manner tampering, which resulted in a fine from the league.
In February the team denied working out the former Texas A&M quarterback as the rumours swirled pertaining to Manziel and the CFL team. This never materialized into much and the team later announced the signing of Vince Young as the Roughriders found another Texas football product who had a storied NCAA career with the Longhorns.
In August 2016, the Roughriders were fined for roster violations as they held practices with multiple unsigned players in attendance. The team was fined $60,000 for those roster violations. The team vehemently denied the claims and felt they acted within the rules, but nonetheless the fine was never lifted and Riders had to foot the bill.
Depsite the team going through some lean years on the field and following Chris Jones’ much publicized departure from Edmonton and arrival in Saskatchewan, things has never been dull off the field for the Roughriders.
Roughriders CEO Craig Reynolds said that “We’ve talked about this internally and we don’t expect this to happen again,” and that “We’ve addressed it and we have to turn the page and move forward.”
The fine count since Chris Jones arrived is now at $116,500, who know it is in their best interest to make sure this number doesn’t get any higher as the team tries to clear away this dark cloud as they begin a new era, moving into the New Mosaic Stadium beginning this season.