From the Edmonton Journal:
EDMONTON — When Xavie Jackson grabbed a shovel in a fit of rage on Thursday the defensive lineman may just have buried his career with the Edmonton Eskimos.
After a fight, in which starting centre Aaron Fiacconi fed the practice-roster player a few right hands, Jackson stormed off the Clarke Park field.
Visibly angry and annoyed, likely because no one broke up the melee or came to his defence, Jackson grabbed a shovel, located near two large garbage bins to the west of the facility and headed back toward the field.
Head trainer T.D. Forss, about to tend to Jackson’s medical needs, then encountered the upset Vallejo, Calif., native. Defensive co-ordinator Jim Daley then joined in, as did general manager Danny Maciocia and head coach Richie Hall as they attempted to calm the six-foot-four, 280-pounder down in a scene right out of WWE. Only the folding chair was replaced by a shovel.
“I saw his shirt come off, or he took his shirt off, and then I saw him go to the sideline. That’s about all I saw,? said Hall. “I was kinda surprised.
“My take on it? To some degree, I’m disappointed because we are a football team and our opposition is the other teams, not ourselves. But at the same time I do understand, like in a family, sometimes things don’t go as smoothly as we want.
“I will address it with those guys and we’ll take care of matters.?
Both players are likely to have a sit down with administration. Jackson immediately returned to the locker-room with Forss. Fiacconi was not made available to media after practice.
“Am I concerned about it? I don’t think it’s an issue, but it’s something you have to address just because it’s something that happened. ... Those things are going to happen, but we can’t allow them to be a distraction for our football team,? said Hall.
Fights are nothing new on the gridiron, but Jackson’s rage went overboard.
“He was back there, he was frustrated and caught up in emotion,? said Hall. “It was a situation that happened, it will be dealt with and it’s over.?
Players had their own take on it, choosing not to dwell on the episode as they prepare for Saturday afternoon’s game against Saskatchewan.
“I don’t know. It happens all the time. You guys saw it. It happens,? said defensive lineman Dario Romero.
“It’s like a family, growing up with older brothers, younger brothers; there’s always going to be fights,? said linebacker Maurice Lloyd.
“What happens between these white lines, stays between the white lines. There are going to be emotions on the field. If you come on this field without emotion, you’re playing the wrong sport.
“It’s over with, we move on and look forward. I’m just glad the coaches became involved, did what had to be done and now we get ready for this game on Saturday.?