In a prepared statement, Saskatchewan Roughrider’s head coach Chris Jones spoke on Friday about the CFL’s decision to fine the team $60,000 for roster violations.
This is the full transcript of that statement:
I am here to address yesterday’s league decision to fine our football club for roster violations. We received notice from the league office a few weeks ago regarding this inquiry. I was comfortable enough with our process the way we do things that was developed through 14 years and four teams in this league that I invited the team representative to observe a practice, which they did (on) July 25.
We were found to be in violation of having a six-game injured players participate in rehabilitation work outs after practice, as well as having practice roster and players here for evaluation participate in developmental periods following our team‘s practice. I accept the league’s decision and am aware of the errors, we’ve made the necessary adjustments and will be moving forward accordingly. I am only here to talk about the Saskatchewan Roughriders, but I hope the situation results in all nine teams being held in the same regard and to the same standard.
After getting clarity from the CFL, we will continue to bring in players, many of which are Canadian, each week on an evaluation basis. We owe it to our fans to do everything humanly possible to field a winning team. I am proud to work for the greatest franchise in the CFL. We look forward to the continued opportunity to create a winning team that our fans and province can be proud of. At this time I am going to answer questions about tomorrow’s football game.
Jones refused to answer any questions that did not pertain to Saturday’s game against the Calgary Stampeders.