At the suggestion of @PorkyPine and a couple of others I am starting a new thread. There has been much discussion on the game thread and the game is long over. Initial discussion was about the hit itself but that seems to have moved more into the punishment stage, although any comments regarding the hit in question are welcome.
There have been many posts on different threads so I thought it might be a good idea to consolidate them.
The CFL has indicated that there may be a hearing as early as tonight. Whether there is or not they seem to intend to deal with the incident relatively quickly. Punishment could range from a fine (unlikely) to who knows what.
My take in the game thread is that 3 games for the hit would be well deserved, and probably would be more severe than the norm for the CFL. I wouldn’t be opposed to tacking on a game for the taunting after the play. There was also, not for the first time, a leg twist by Marino after the hit. What if this caused the injury or made it worse? There are now reports that Marino also used a racial slur. If so, how should that increase the punishment? That accusation might take a little more time to look into than the play and immediate aftermath. Should there be a suspension for what is known now and potentially a further suspension if the racist allegations are deemed to have legs? Should there perhaps just be an indefinite suspension until it is all sorted? Should Saskatchewan impose further discipline or even cut him?
I'll wait on the league to have their say before I really get into it. This slur accusation, if there is any evidence, is going to be a major factor. At this point there is nothing from the game officials I have heard supporting this, & I doubt if an opponents word should carry any weight. Unless teammates (willing to divulge on their teammate???) or officials heard slurs, there's no case. The video evidence on the rest speaks for itself.
A 13 game suspension plus any subsequent play-off games if I was the Commish . In other words he would be done for this season . It would work out to 3 games for the hit , 5 games for intent to injure and 5 games for being a complete and total asshole as he was leaving the field .
If he did the racist stuff, that would definitely constitute a potential Code of Conduct violation. That may give both the Riders and the CFL grounds for a Manziel-style banishment. If TSN has incriminating audio, they should definitely submit it to the league.
I'd still like to see Marino put in the gauntlet at an Ottawa practice. I'm a big believer in barracks justice.
My guess is the same as that player who got the suspension from the east semi (I believe). The hit itself would probably be one game max though the celebration afterward may warrent more. So I'm guessing 3 games either league imposed or team imposed
Sadly they will ... just like ALL player unions they contest any punishment initiated by the league because it has been initiated by the league ... I understand they have to defend their members but have long felt their failure to also represent the interests of the victim (and the rest of the players whose future health & safety may be impacted by the idiot who has been suspended) is an absolute abdication of their responsibilities to their membership.