Alouettes QB Adams suspended for 'dangerous and reckless act' against Bombers' Bighill
It won’t help the Winnipeg Blue Bombers now, but Montreal Alouettes quarterback Vernon Adams, Jr. has been suspended by the Canadian Football League for a “dangerous and reckless act” in Saturday’s game.
Bombers linebacker Adam Bighill was incensed after Adams wrestled him to the ground by the facemask, tore the helmet off his head and then swung it at his face after an interception with 6:20 to play in the fourth quarter.
Adams was flagged for “general roughness” on the play, which cost the Alouettes 15 yards, but he was allowed to stay in the game and went on to lead his team to two more touchdowns in the final minutes and a 38-37 comeback victory.
Adams finished with 488 passing yards, including 248 in the fourth quarter.
Many people around the CFL — including Bighill — have been wondering how it’s possible that Adams was not ejected from the game for such a malicious act.
“Rips my helmet off … then hits me in the face with it … and the ref is right there looking at it …” Bighill wrote on Twitter.
Another player from the Calgary Stampeders, who was not identified, told Postmedia: “Apparently we are allowed to rip our opponents’ helmets off and throw them at each other now. Vernon Adams should be suspended, not fined.”
While Montreal deserved to win the game after a thrilling comeback from a 24-point deficit, the result certainly could have been different if Adams had been ejected.
The one-game suspension, announced Monday evening, was handed down by CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie following a telephone hearing with Adams, and representatives of the CFL Players Association.
The Blue Bombers will face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at home on Friday night.
Adams and the Alouettes will visit Winnipeg on Oct. 12.