TORONTO — The Canadian Football League (CFL) has imposed three separate suspensions for a total of four games on Saskatchewan Roughrider defensive lineman Garrett Marino for his conduct during his team’s game with the Ottawa REDBLACKS last Friday night.
It is the strictest overall league discipline ever imposed for in-game behavior during a single match.
The three separate suspensions to be executed in sequence are as follows:
- A two-game suspension for Marino’s dangerous and reckless low hit on Ottawa quarterback Jeremiah Masoli in play #123, which resulted in a serious injury and Marino’s expulsion from the game, and for Marino’s subsequent party;
- A one-game suspension for any verbal comments Marino made about Masoli’s heritage during the game, which clearly violates our code of conduct.
- A one-game suspension for Marino’s illegal and reckless tackle from an Ottawa offensive lineman during an earlier game.
The league also cited Marino’s discipline record after 12 CFL career games, including a previous eviction and two fines for his play.
“This behavior has no place in our league,” said Randy Ambrosie, CFL commissioner. “This discipline is meant to send a strong signal that it will not be tolerated.”