TORONTO — The Canadian Football League (CFL) has imposed three separate suspensions totaling four games on Saskatchewan Roughrider defensive lineman Garrett Marino for his conduct during his team’s game with the Ottawa REDBLACKS last Friday evening.
“This behaviour has no place in our league,” said Randy Ambrosie, Commissioner of the CFL. “This discipline is intended to send a strong message that it will not be tolerated.”
I'm not convinced a repeat offender as intentionally reckless and dangerous as Marino will receive this message at all. I hope I'm wrong and he never pulls a stunt like this again, despite his long history. But I'm not holding my breath.
I'd ban him from the league. Jon Cornish's career was ended by a blatant clothesline hit. Any self-respecting league would ban such a repeat offender. At the very least -- suspended w/o pay for the period of the victim's absence.
The suspension was good based on past suspensions, specifically Lawrence. I am still waiting for any decision, on Boyd putting Robertson out, maybe for the season. Back stabbing clown after the play was over, and from behind. Boyd is as bad as Marino, only not in your face, just hasn't been caught enough times, hides with the linemen.
As I said on the Marino thread, the total of four games is what I thought they would do, although I was hoping for five. Many dynamics in play including making it appeal proof, which I think it is. I am on the side of those who thought it should be longer still but unfortunately I don’t think precedent would have allowed that.
They did give one game for the previous dirty hit, which I don’t think anyone thought was going to be part of it. That’s good. I am surprised they didn’t tack on a game for the Antonio Brown meth walk. The racist comment at one game is also low, in my opinion. They could have used that to double everything else and he would have had a tough time appealing a racist comment. At least they didn’t make it 2 or 3 games only.