Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 05/1/2013 3:16 PM | Comments: 0
Last Modified: 05/1/2013 4:28 PM | Updates
Winnipeg Blue Bombers general manager Joe Mack and head coach Tim Burke agree on at least two things:
Too much off-field partying was a problem on last year's Bombers team — and it won't be on this year's team.
"I was concerned about it. Things drifted back. We tried to address it. Obviously, we had a certain amount of hurdles, if you will, last year," Mack said at the tail end of a news conference Wednesday afternoon called to discuss the upcoming CFL draft.
"I know it's something (head coach Tim Burke) is going to address this year. And we think it's such a significant issue that players will be sat down if we have to. And if they don't come around, then they won't be here."
Mack made the comments one day after Burke told Free Press sports columnist Gary Lawless that there were too many incidents last year involving players partying late into the night and then showing up the next day hung over.
Meanwhile, Mack said the Bombers have entertained several offers for the club's second overall pick in next Monday's draft but are likely going to hang on to it for themselves.
"You'd maybe consider (a trade) for a good Canadian player, (but) I'm reticent to trade Canadian picks. I just feel they have real value."
While three of the top five prospects in this year's draft signed NFL deals last weekend — defensive linemen Stefan Charles and Andy Mulumba as well as offensive lineman Matt Sewell — Mack said he thinks all three will have difficulties sticking in the NFL and he will not let their signings deter the Bombers from selecting them.
"They're still on our radar," Mack said.
Updated on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 4:28 PM CDT: Corrects attribution in third paragraph.
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Premiers, aboriginal leaders change tack
Free sneak peek advance tours of Human Rights Museum
Bombers hope to break ten-year Labour Day tradition
Nepinak calls for memorial to Hall
Gord Steeves wants to give Winnipeg's police drones
Woman hurt in collision dies; man to be charged
William Greaves, TV host and filmmaker, dead at 87
'Cops' crew member killed in Omaha police shooting
John Lennon's killer sorry for being 'an idiot'
The NDP will launch a national inquiry into native women murders if elected
Bombers name four to hall of fame
Tim Hortons the conquering hero this time
Peace Corps program VP to stop by News Café
Newborn found in trash on ventilator; mom arrested
Police intercept mailed gun and ammo
Downtown gas leak closes streets, forces evacuation
Israeli premier, Hamas declare victory in Gaza war
B.C. man says others responsible for serial murders
Shooting by 9-year-old US girl stirs gun debate
Paula Havixbeck unveils plan to deal with frozen pipes
Man dies in vehicle rollover
Mayoral wannabes spew clichés at forum
Museum rejects St. Germain
Libya's UN envoy warns of 'full-blown civil war'
Camper missing for three days found on remote road
U of W researchers involved in projects getting $5 million in funding
Canadians pay $500M+ a year for paper bills: report
Canada Post reports profit in second quarter
US official warns Ebola outbreak will get worse
Missouri governor names new public safety director
NHL says 'nothing new' on expansion
Inquiry on premiers' agenda
Fans roar for Katy Perry
Still some summer heat left
Judicial review useless for family
Fallon to lead honours as Leno wins top humour prize
Spanish chain pulls kids' shirt after outcry
Spy thriller leaves us unshaken, unstirred
Landmarks to light up for cancer telethon