Calgary – The Calgary Stampedes will not have Canadian strongback Cameron Judge on Saturday night when they complete their series on home soil with the BC Lions.
A judge received a one-game suspension from the Canadian Football League on Tuesday over a post-game altercation involving BC player Lucky Whitehead following the Lions’ 31-29 overtime win Saturday night at McMahon Stadium. The judge said he has no plans to appeal the ban, which means he won’t play when the two teams meet again at PC Place.
“It’s very disappointing,” the judge said after training in Calgary on Tuesday. “I feel like I let my team down and that’s usually not something I do, but that’s what happened and I feel bad about it.
“I hope the guys have my back and win.”
After the match, Judge approached Whitehead, who had removed his helmet, on the field and hit the Lions player, knocking Whitehead to the ground. This led to an on-field clash involving the Lions and Stampeders players as Judge was eventually knocked off the field.
Then a group of Lions players headed to Calgary’s locker room, but were greeted by police and security who were already present. Nothing happened more than some screaming between players from both teams.
No reason was given for the judge’s actions although there are reports that Whitehead made derogatory remarks about a member of the judge’s family. But the judge did not reveal what Whitehead had said to anger him.
“I think the people who wanted to hear what happened did,” the judge said. “I could have handled it better than I did, but I’ll take my punishment and move on.”
The two teams totaled 21 penalties for 215 yards in the game (Calgary was marked 12 times for 128 yards, BC was called nine times for 87 yards).
After the contest, Whitehead called up the judge in a tweet saying, “I pray he’s traveling next week.”
But this will not be the case.
“I respect what the league does,” Calgary coach Dave Dickinson said of the suspension. “I think Cam basically needs to speak for himself.
“I just want our guys to understand that we need to compete, we need to work. We don’t really need any of that extracurricular stuff.”
With a victory on Saturday night, the Lions (9-3) will secure their first place in the playoffs since 2018.
Calgary (8-5-0) and the Lions managed to cement the playoff spots with the Stampeders winning and Hamilton and Ottawa losing each. The Tecates (4-9) visit Montreal (5-7) on Friday night while Redblack (3-9) host Toronto (7-5) on Saturday night.
The judge’s absence would be huge for Calgary. He had nine high tackles in the match, one sack, made a mandatory and recovered against BC this past weekend.
“We’re a team,” Dickinson said. “We’ll definitely have a plan.” “I think he was as good as any of our defenders.
“I think he has a chance maybe even bring some hardware home this year on an individual basis, but Cam is a team player. We are enjoying having him on the team. He is a hard worker. It will be a loss, but we have men who can replace him.”
“Things can happen in life as you deal with it and learn from it. I hope you learn and improve next time.”
The CFL penalty comes a day after NFL team Tampa Bay player Mike Evans was suspended for a game after an argument on the field Sunday in the Buccaneers’ 20-10 win over New Orleans.
Evans and Saints Cornerback Marshon Lattimore were removed from the game for their roles in an on-court incident sparked by a push between Lattimore and Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette.
It came after Latimore and Tampa quarterback Tom Brady exchanged words.
This report was first published by The Canadian Press on September 20, 2022.
– With files from Donna Spencer in Calgary.