CFL suspends Stampeders linebacker judge for one game after incident with Lions IG News

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The Calgary Stampeders will not have legendary Canadian linebacker Cameron Judge on Saturday night when they complete their home and home series with the BC Lions.

A judge received a one-game suspension from the CFL on Tuesday for a post-game dispute involving BC receiver Lucky Whitehead following the Lions’ 31-29 overtime win at McMahon Stadium. The judge said he has no plans to appeal the ban, meaning he will not play when the two teams meet again at BC Place.

“It’s very disappointing,” the judge said Tuesday after Calgary’s practice. “I feel like I let my team down and that’s not usually something I do, but that’s what happened and I feel bad about it.

“I hope people pat me on the back and win.”

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After the game, the judge approached Whitehead, who took off his helmet on the field and struck the Lions player, causing Whitehead to fall to the ground. This touched off an on-field scuffle involving Lions and Stampeders players, as the judge was eventually kicked off the field.

A group of Lions players then entered Calgary’s dressing room, but were met by police and security personnel who were already present. Nothing happened except shouting between the players of both the teams.

The Calgary Police Service confirmed that there was a verbal brawl after the game between several members of each team and said that members of the police were at the scene. Police are not investigating further as there was no physical altercation and no criminal charges.

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No reason was provided for the judge’s actions, although there were reports that Whitehead had made derogatory remarks about a member of the judge’s family. But the judge would not reveal what Whitehead said to anger him.

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“I think the people who needed to hear what happened, they heard it,” the judge said. “I certainly could have handled it better, but I’m going to take my punishment and move on.”

Both teams combined for 21 penalties for 215 yards in the game (Calgary were flagged 12 times for 128 yards, BC were called nine times for 87 yards).

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After the contest, Whitehead called the judge in a tweet“I pray that he travels next week.”

But it will not happen.

“I respect the league. They are in charge,” Calgary head coach Dave Dickenson said of the suspension. “I think Cam basically needs to speak for himself.

“I want our people to understand that we need to compete, we need to work. We really don’t have any need for that extra-curricular material.”

With one win, the Lions (9–3) will secure their first CFL playoff spot since 2018.

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Calgary (8-5-0) and the Lions could cement playoff berths with the Stampeders winning and losing both Hamilton and Ottawa. The Ticats (4-9) tour Montreal (5-7) on Friday nights while the Redblacks (3-9) host Toronto (7-5) on Saturday evenings.

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The judge’s absence would be huge for Calgary. He had a game-high nine tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble against BC last weekend.

“We are a team. We will definitely have a plan,” Dickenson said. “I think he has been as good as any of our defenders.

“I think he’s had a chance to bring home some hardware on an individual basis this year, but Cam is a team guy. We enjoy having him on the team. He’s a hard worker. It’ll be a loss, but we have.” There are players who can take his place.

“Things can happen in life and you address it and you learn from it. I hope you learn and do better next time.”

The CFL’s penalty comes a day after the NFL suspended Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans for a game that followed an on-field brawl following a 20-10 win over New Orleans at the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Evans and Saints cornerback Marson Latimore were kicked out of the game after their role in an on-field incident resulted in a pushback between Latimore and the Buccaneers, leaving Leonard Fournette behind.

It came after Lattimore and Tampa quarterback Tom Brady exchanged words.

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