In one of the most despicable acts to come out of the Canadian Football League in quite some time, British Columbia Lions defensive tackle Khalif Mitchell has been suspended two games after hyperextending the arm of Edmonton Eskimo offensive lineman Simeon Rottier in the Eskimos 27-14 over the Lions at B.C. Place Stadium Friday night in Vancouver.
The replay clearly shows Mitchell grabbed and pulled Rottier’s arm and bent it in the process. Rottier didn’t play the second half and is doubtful for Thursday’s game in Winnipeg. No penalty was called.
Rottier has been a great friend of Edmonton’s Prospect Magazine. It is a great thing to see that Rottier was not seriously injured on the play.
The Mitchell suspension has been the longest suspension given out by CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon since he took over the role in 2007. I think one major reason Mitchell was suspended two games instead of one was the lack of remorse he showed afterwards in interviews.
The best quote I have seen in the aftermath of the incident came from Hamilton Tiger-Cats offensive lineman Peter Dyakowski who tweeted:
“So a little tap on a guy’s face mask gets you kicked out of the game but breaking a guy’s arm intentionally goes without a flag?!?”
Yep, Peter I guess you’re right.