It appears that Euclid Cummings will not play for the British Columbia Lions this season. Cummings, a defensive lineman, was signed by the Lions on February 13 from the Edmonton Eskimos, but is facing criminal charges for sexual assault and “uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm” according to J.J. Adams of the Vancouver Province.
Cummings was set to play for the Lions, his fourth CFL team in four years after playing with the Toronto Argonauts in 2014 and 2015, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2016 and the Edmonton Eskimos in 2017. With the recent developments which were not known to the Lions organization, the CFL and the Lions organization voided Cummings’s contract.
Ed Hervey, the Lions general manager, meanwhile stated “we were given no indication by the player or his representation that these charges existed and I assure our fans, partners and supporters of the CFL across Canada, that we would have not offered him a contract had we known about this situation.”
There is no doubt that the CFL and the Lions took swift action on the matter and are following CFL protocol that sexual misconduct will not be tolerated. However CFL players and teams can also learn from what happened to the Lions. It is important that players be up front with teams regarding issues of this nature and increases the argument that teams should do detailed background checks on players before signing them.
In other CFL news, the Ottawa Redblacks released quarterback Ryan Lindley on Wednesday. The release of Lindley comes one month after the team released former Calgary Stampeders quarterback Drew Tate. It appears this season that the Redblacks are very committed to Trevor Harris.
Other quarterbacks on the Redblacks roster for training camp are William Arndt, Danny Collins and Dominique Davis. It appears that Davis has the inside track to be the Redblacks backup as he has played four games over the last two years with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers before signing with the Redblacks on February 12. Collins previously played for the University of Maine and the Frankfurt Universe in the German Football League, while Arndt has playing experience with Western Connecticut.