Gass throws his helmet, then gets the suspension overturned. Jimenez leg whips a player then gets his suspension overturned. In both incidents, the alternative easier call of allowing the “wrongdoer? some benefit of the doubt was allowed/supported. Where perception is everything, the new perception is that if you put up enough of a stink, the CFL will let you off. While the CFL did not directly make this last decision (as it was made by an independent arbitrator), they will be supporting a dangerous precedent if they stand back and do nothing now.
This event will show, to me, how smart the CFL is. If they are smart, they will recognize that they have an image problem and will quickly introduce a new system of dispute resolution to show that they are doing something. If they are not smart, they will continue with status quo since they are mistaken in thinking they have a good reputation in this area of the game and can afford status quo.
I believe both players and fans want to see some positive action because they are losing confidence that problems will be dealt with, which I think could lead to certain forms of vigilante justice. The bottom line is the CFL needs to address this perception in a hurry.