CFL fines Odell Willis and Jerrell Gavins | | Official Site of the Canadian Football League

TORONTO -- The Canadian Football League has announced today that it has imposed its maximum fine on Ottawa REDBLACKS defensive back Jerrell Gavins for a late and low hit on Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Drew Willy.

“This type of play has absolutely no place in our game,” said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon. “It was unnecessary, extremely dangerous and will not be tolerated.”

Gavins was flagged on the play.

The CFL also announced that it has fined Edmonton Eskimo defensive lineman Odell Willis for delivering a high hit on Hamilton Tiger-Cat quarterback Zach Collaros.

Following an extensive video review, it was concluded that there is evidence of contact to the neck area.

“We have stressed to players and officials alike the importance of protecting the health and safety of our players in general, and the health and safety of quarterbacks in particular, as the game often puts them in exposed positions,” said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon. “Creating a culture of player health and safety is paramount to the Canadian Football League.”

It was also determined that Willis should have been flagged on the play.

Fan Comments
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for a shoulder to shoulder hit cohon's decision was a disgrace!!
July 09, 2014 - 7:59pm
I disagree with the fine on Willis. Watching the play unfold at full speed is very different from dissecting it frame by frame from twenty different angles. I don't know how these guys are supposed to play the game.
July 09, 2014 - 1:17pm
Health and safety of the players should always be on the forefront of any decision. These are Pro Players and well trained to hit correctly. If the League errored it is best in favour of the players safety. Others will be more careful in their hits and avoiding any punishments. This can one be good
July 08, 2014 - 1:28pm
Notice they don't specify the fine as it is all about the optics and spin.
Oh my people are yelling we must do something. Let's overrule our on field officials and those in the both monitoring the game. I something rotten in the state of the CFL ... when pandering guides decision making.
July 07, 2014 - 11:53pm
I believe it was stated in the article last week about week 1 fines, that the maximum fine was 50% of the players game day salary -- so they don't specify the specific amount as it is different for each player and I don't believe the league or teams announce player salaries.
July 09, 2014 - 10:06am
I totally disagree with the fine on Willis. There is no evidence that Willis lead with his head on the Collaros hit. The initial contact was with his upper arm & shoulder on the QB's chest.
July 07, 2014 - 11:14pm
Gee imagine that ar - Willis fined for his "legal" hit on Collaros! You know the one that the officials ignored. Thank you CFL for getting it right even if it was after the fact. NO player should be hit like that.
July 07, 2014 - 10:30pm
Pandering to myopic fools isn't getting it right ... its sucking up under the guise of "protecting the players" ... next time Willis should make it worth the fine and pop Collars in to retirement if he is going to get the shaft like this.
July 09, 2014 - 1:08am
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@TFmcb: absolutely right!! a legal clean shoulder to shoulder hit!! it's called football the league is getting out of control along with a certain amount of its fans who now see everything as a illegal hit!!
July 09, 2014 - 6:45pm
Refs missed the Willis hit which was a blatant head shot. So what does the league do? It fines Willis. He should be suspended for at least one game. A travesty and a very dangerous precedent.
July 07, 2014 - 9:52pm
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what a B.S. call by commissioner cohon!! totally disagree!!
July 07, 2014 - 7:49pm
I dunno, thats kind of a tough one (RE: Willis. I don't remember the Gavins one). He did look like he was coming in low and that any contact to the head was completely accidental, But the fact of the matter is that there was contact to the head (and theres a pic of willis' helmet with black from the face mask right after the hit which wasn't there before). I agree that you need to just let them play to a certain extent (A call against the Riders VS. Toronto comes to mind where the defender was slowing and turning to avoid contact on Ray and got knocked into him, and brushing his shin for a 15 yarder) but you also have to look after EVERYONES brain, not just the QB. I could realistically see this going either way (fine or no fine) and being completely ok with it.
July 08, 2014 - 3:45am