Redblacks' defensive back shoves official during brawl in CFL Eastern Conference final

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Jonathan Rose of the Ottawa Redblacks took out an official during a brawl in the CFL Eastern Conference final against the Hamilton Tigercats. (TSN)
Jonathan Rose of the Ottawa Redblacks took out an official during a brawl in the CFL Eastern Conference final against the Hamilton Tigercats. (TSN)

Things got a little wild during the Canadian Football League’s Eastern Conference final between the Ottawa Redblacks and Hamilton Tigercats on Sunday afternoon.

With the Redblacks up 27-6 late in the second quarter, Hamilton’s wide receiver Bralon Addison was running up the sideline in search of a first down when he was tackled by Ottawa’s Jonathan Rose. The combination of a push out of bounds by another Redblacks defender and Rose essentially jumping on his back resulted in Addison hitting the ground hard.

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With tensions high, things boiled over.


After Rose was shoved by Hamilton’s Terrell Davis following the play, he tried to get back at the Tigercat that hit him and rammed through an official in his attempt to do so.

Rose’s actions ended his game as he was disqualified.

“I lost my cool,” he said to Tim Baines from Postmedia after the game. “There was a lot of pushing and shoving, the referee and I got intertwined. I don’t think I intentionally pushed him. There was a lot going on.”

Despite the poor, emotional decision, the 25-year-old defensive back’s ejection didn’t turn the tide of the game in favour of Hamilton.

The Redblacks, led by a CFL playoff record six touchdown pass performance by quarterback Trevor Harris, went on to win the contest 46-27 to advance to the 106th Grey Cup next Sunday in Edmonton. They’ll take on either the Winnipeg Blue Bombers or Calgary Stampeders.

According to Baines, the Redblacks expect to find out if Rose will be suspended or fined by the CFL on Tuesday morning.

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