Just wanted to put up the following statement that came from the Riders about the incident at the game Saturday.
About 200 young girls from across the province were there for a special tryout for the young Trailblazers.
Here is the quote (sorry Riderville):
The situation that we faced on Saturday during the halftime show was a unique one and the Saskatchewan Roughriders would never intentionally disrespect their opponents or a player who could be seriously injured.
We were surprised the CFL officials started the clock while the player was still on the field and needed to make a quick decison. We delayed the start of the show and observed the situation very closely, he sat up and it looked as though they were about to take him off. We went ahead at this time because if we waited any longer we couldn't have fit it in. If it had been any other halftime show it would have been cancelled but we had close to 200 girls on the sideline anxious to go, with an entire section full of tickets sold to their friends and families and with all of our halftime shows booked, no chance to reschedule. We should have moved the girls onto half of the field, but it was difficult to rearrange what they had been taught last Saturday at practice. It is not our perrogative to extend halftime and that is solely made by the CFL and the broadcaster so we could not have continued once the ambulance cleared the field.
The SRFC takes player injuries very seriously, we don't run on field promotions, the Trailblazers take a knee out of respect and at most the only thing we will do is run some PA announcements. We have reviewed our policies for a situation like this in the future, we have sent the Toronto Argonauts an official apology, spoken with CFL officials and we are using this incident as a way to continue to get better in the future.
Manager, Corporate Parnerships & Game Day Operations
Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club
I was at the Rider game on saturday. The fans were all questioning the idea of having the halftime show. Everyone around me were all saying that it should not have happend. we all thought that it was a little disrespectful. Don't speak for the fans unless you were there.
Really this is no big deal! The rider organization recognized the problem and put out an apology regarding the matter. No need to drag this further. You can not hold the Rider organization nor it's fans at fault here! I have seen many times at various games where cheerleaders have gone on the field to entertain (mind not close to the injured player) but it has been done. I am sure they did this not thinking of being disrespectful. We really should let this die a very quick death!
I would say the league should be more embarrassed of how they handled the Ottawa situation and the way Tom Wright resigned. These incidents gave the league a huge black eye, much more so than a halftime snafu.
Really, what do we all expect from fans that will dump raw manure on the lawn of their kicker after he misses in the playoffs? These are the same fans that cheer for criminals that spread HIV to unsuspecting women and beat up bouncers. Why wouldn't they cheer for cheerleaders dancing around a guy with a serious injury being hauled off in an ambulance? Hey, they had waited long enough! Who does this guy think he is lying on the field that long?!? Moving 20 yards in either direction would not be ideal! We'll just dance around his head!!!
This is not my opinion by the way but I do think it's funny. :lol: