Nik Lewis's controversial tweet appears to have violated CFL social media policy
Offside tweet deleted and disowned by Stampeders
The Calgary Stampeders announced at McMahon Stadium, that Nik Lewis has signed contract extension with the team on Friday August 10,2012 in Calgary. Terms on the contract were not released.(Dean Bicknell / Calgary Herald) (For Sports story by Kristen Odland)
Photograph by: Dean Bicknell, Calgary Herald
The time off didn’t stop Nik Lewis from stepping offside — at least in the eyes of his employer — on Twitter.
Under the handle “I just bought OJ’s gloves on eBay. Now all I need is a white girl named Nicole.”
He added the hashtag #MaybeALittleToFar.
According to the Stampeders, Lewis definitely went too far.
“The tweet was inappropriate,” the team said Tuesday night in a written statement, “and has been deleted.”
The tweet references the infamous O.J. Simpson murder trial for the 1994 death of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. The defining moment of the trial came when Simpson, the former Buffalo Bills star, struggled to pull on a pair of gloves linked to the case. In spite of what the prosecution called a mountain of evidence, Simpson was acquitted.
Lewis sent out the tweet on Monday, but it didn’t begin to widely circulate until Tuesday afternoon.
Reached by phone Tuesday evening, Lewis said he didn’t understand what the fuss was all about.
“Nobody even commented on it when I put it on there,” he said. “So I don’t see ... maybe you’re just trying to make something out of it.”
Lewis went on to politely say he would consider addressing the matter via his own Twitter account.
The issue will no doubt come up Wednesday in John Hufnagel’s post-practice media scrum. The Stamps head coach/GM will definitely be less than thrilled at having to address the second controversy in less than 72 hours.
On Sunday, Hufnagel defended the decision to put Drew Tate back in the game after the quarterback told TSN in a sideline interview that he had no memory of the first half.
In the second quarter, Tate absorbed a crushing head shot from Saskatchewan lineman Tearrius George. The Calgary QB shook it off to lead the Stamps to a thrilling 36-30 West Division semifinal victory over the Roughriders
On Monday, Tate issued a written statement saying his comments were too casual, because he didn’t see the hit as a big deal. Hufnagel told reporters Tate passed through the proper protocols and did not show signs of a concussion. And now this.
The CFL social media policy reads: “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.”
Commissioner Mark Cohon fined Khalif Mitchell last month an undisclosed amount for a tweet that included a disparaging reference to people of Chinese descent.
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