Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Attempt at humour backfires

Stamps' Lewis fined for Twitter 'OJ' crack

  • Print

CALGARY -- Calgary Stampeders running back Nik Lewis has a reputation for stirring the pot.

Both his football team and the Canadian Football League say he crossed the line with his comment on Twitter.

The CFL fined Lewis an undisclosed amount Wednesday for violating the league's social media policy.

On Monday, Lewis tweeted: "I just bought OJ's gloves on eBay. Now all I need is a white girl named Nicole." He added the hashtag MaybeALittleToFar.

The reference was to the 1995 murder trial of former NFL player O.J. Simpson, who was asked in the courtroom to put on leather gloves found at the crime scene.

Simpson was acquitted in the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, but he lost a civil court case against him for their wrongful deaths.

The Stampeders head to Vancouver later this week to face the B.C. Lions in Sunday's West final. The victor advances to the Grey Cup in Toronto on Nov. 25.

Coach and general manager John Hufnagel told Lewis and the rest of the Stampeders not to tweet until the CFL season is over.

"Let's call it a request," Hufnagel said. "I've asked them not to do it before the season ends. We'll see how that goes.

"I will say this organization is not proud of what occurred. It's something we as an organization do not condone and need to take care of."

Lewis can be an egotist, but a colourful one who isn't afraid to take verbal shots at opposing teams. Those qualities draw media like magnets, but this comment on social media landed him in hot water with the Stampeders and the CFL.

"I tried to use my comedic rights and I guess I went a little too far," was Lewis's explanation Wednesday.

"I've said a lot of things that's walking that line. I told (Hufnagel) I'll stay away from the line out of respect to him, respect to our ownership and the city of Calgary. I'll just stay away from that line a little bit more.

"In the off-season, I'm going to tweet. I'll be smarter about what I tweet and I guess I'm not as funny as I thought I was."

Lewis, 30, says he didn't know how much money he would be fined. The Stampeders would have fined him if the CFL hadn't, said Hufnagel.

The CFL's social media policy is: "If a player, team employee or league employee uses social media ... in a manner that may bring the CFL into disrepute, including posts that condone harassment, discrimination or violence ... they will be subject to discipline from the commissioner's office."

The league fined B.C. Lions defensive tackle Khalif Mitchell last month for tweeting a disparaging reference to people of Chinese descent.

It was Calgary's second bout of controversy since the Stamps edged the Saskatchewan Roughriders 36-30 in a semifinal thriller on Sunday night.

Quarterback Drew Tate sparked concerns he'd suffered a concussion when he said following the game "I got my bell rung. I don't remember the first half."

When the team revealed the following day their quarterback had passed concussion tests "with flying colours," Tate issued a statement saying he couldn't remember the first half because he wanted to forget it.

Tate was on the field, but didn't take any snaps during practice Wednesday because of a bruised forearm, according to Hufnagel.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 15, 2012 D3

Fact Check

Fact Check

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.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Your top TV picks for this weekend - August 22-24

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Two baby tigers were unveiled at the Assiniboine Park Zoo this morning, October 3rd, 2011. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS June 23, 2011 Local - A Monarch butterfly is perched on a flower  in the newly opened Butterfly Garden in Assiniboine Park Thursday morning.

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Who has been the Bombers MVP so far this season?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google