TORONTO — The Canadian Football League (CFL) has imposed three separate suspensions totaling four games on Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive lineman Garrett Marino for his conduct during his team’s game against the Ottawa REDBLACKS last Friday night. .
This is the league’s most severe total discipline ever imposed for on-play behavior during a game.
The three separate suspensions to run consecutively are as follows:
- A two-game suspension for Marino’s dangerous and reckless low kick on Ottawa quarterback Jeremiah Masoli on play #123, which resulted in serious injury and Marino’s ejection from the game, and for the subsequent celebration of Marino;
- A one-match suspension for verbal comments Marino made about Masoli’s legacy during the match, which clearly violates our Code of Conduct.
- A one-game suspension for Marino’s illegal and reckless tackle on an Ottawa offensive lineman on a previous play.
The league also cited Marino’s discipline record after 12 career CFL games, which includes a previous ejection and two fines for his manner of play.
“This behavior has no place in our league,” said CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie. “This discipline is meant to send a strong message that it will not be tolerated.”