The B.C. Lions made the news this past week with the signing of defensive back Winston Rose. A native of Inglewood, California, Rose played four games for the Redblacks in 2017 and had 21 defensive tackles. He had a season high seven tackles in a 41-36 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on October 27.
Prior to joining the Redblacks, Rose played for New Mexico State. He was also on the rosters for the Toronto Argonauts, Los Angeles Rams and Indianapolis Colts. While with the Colts in 2016, Rose played in a NFL preseason game according to the CFL website.
A possible spot was open on the Lions defense when it was announced last week that British Columbia released defensive tackle Euclid Cummings. The 26 year-old was released after the Lions organization found out that he was charged on April 21, 2017 due to an incident in Vancouver on October 16, 2016.
Cummings was in Vancouver playing with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in a game against the Lions at B.C. Place. According to CBC Sports and as reported last week on the Independent Sports News, Cummings was charged with sexual assault, uttering a threat to cause death or bodily harm.
What made this story quite bizarre is that Cummings was charged almost one year before the Lions were made aware of the criminal charges and that he spent an entire season with the Edmonton Eskimos, with Edmonton management unaware that Cummings had been charged. Cummings was very productive last year in Edmonton as he had 21 tackles and was seventh in the CFL with eight sacks. Cummings was also tied for the most sacks on the Eskimos with eight.
In other CFL news, the Montreal Alouettes announced that they will have their training camp at Olympic Stadium from May 20 to June 9. It will be the first time ever that the camp will take place at the Big O. The stadium has gone from hosting the 1976 Olympic Games, the Montreal Expos of Major League Baseball, the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, the Montreal Machine of the defunct World League of American Football, the Montreal Manic of the North American Soccer League and the Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer to the host of the Alouettes training camp. Well, the stadium needs to be used for something.