Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish apologizes for mooning Roughriders fans
Stampeders running back Jon Cornish runsthe ball against the Roughridersat Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Sask., Sept. 23, 2012. (DAVID STOBBE/Reuters)
Jon Cornish decided to turn the other cheek.
Late in Sunday’s loss in Regina, the Stamps running back was hearing it from Rider Nation.
So he dropped his pants and mooned the fans on the east side of Mosaic Stadium.
He was fined by both the league and the team Monday and later tweeted he would donate money, matching the amount he was fined, to a city charity.
"I'd like to apologize to the fans of the CFL so I've made a donation to @kidsportcalgary of the amount I was fined," Cornish tweeted.
Stamps GM/coach John Hufnagel did not see any humour in Cornish’s stunt and read the riot act to the league’s leading rusher Monday morning.
“It was a mistake on my part,” Cornish said. “I definitely took it one step too far, or maybe a few steps too far.
“It reflects poorly on the organization. First of all, I want to apologize to Coach Huf, all the coaches, my teammates, all the Stampeders organization and to the Riders fans and organization.
“It was an extreme lack of judgement on my part and I apologize to everyone in the CFL and to the commissioner.
“Nobody deserves to deal with this and I apologize to everyone involved.”
Hufnagel, who probably wasn’t in a great mood to begin with following the 30-25 loss to the Riders, was seeing red after finding out about Cornish’s cheeky move.
“I think you see how disappointed Jon is in himself, once he fully realized the seriousness of the matter,” Hufnagel said. “I’m very disappointed in Jon Cornish. He took things way too far and it needs to be dealt with.
“I’ve had a chat with Jon about it. He knows my feelings about it, he knows our president Lyle Bauer’s feelings about it.
“He will be disciplined. I will fine Jon Cornish.”
Cornish was held to 66 yards on 11 carries after Riders coach Corey Chamblin guaranteed the Stamps running back wouldn’t get 100 yards on his defence.
The 6-foot, 205-pounder, who leads the CFL with 947 yards along the ground, continued to fan the flames following the game on his Twitter account.
“Lol gotta love the rider fans calling out my equipment adjustment on the sideline. They mad I’m not mad,” Cornish tweeted.
He also traded barbs with Riders fans who were upset by being mooned. Monday, he apologized to each of them individually on Twitter.
When asked if Cornish’s remarks on Twitter made the situation worse, Hufnagel said “I don’t read Twitter.”
Coincidentally, Cornish had an actual ‘equipment adjustment’ last month at Mosaic Field when a defender pulled the Stamp’s pants down while making a tackle.
The Kansas product was also involved in an incident earlier in the game when he was attempting to shed a tackle and ran into an official.
Cornish hopped up, spiked the ball at the ref’s feet, pointed at him and shared a few choice words.
He was not flagged on the play.
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What do you feel is an appropriate punishment for mooning fans?
Suspend him. It would send a message that sort of thing isn't appropriate.
Fine him. It's serious, but not that serious.
Nothing. All he did was make an ass of himself.