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CFL Player Discipline: Spotlight on Benoît Marion, Dino Boyd, and Michael Wakefield

In a recent announcement, the Canadian Football League (CFL) has disclosed punitive actions taken against players for various infractions committed during league games. The disciplinary measures involve players from the Toronto Argonauts and the Ottawa REDBLACKS. The league, adhering to its customary practice, did not disclose the monetary amounts associated with the fines. Below is a breakdown of each incident.

Incident 1: Benoît Marion’s Blindside Block

What Happened

Toronto Argonauts defensive lineman Benoît Marion received a fine for executing a blindside block against Charlie Moore, a linebacker for the Calgary Stampeders. The incident raised eyebrows both for its timing and for the potential safety risks it posed to the involved players.

Incident 2: Dino Boyd’s Unnecessary Contact

What Happened

Ottawa REDBLACKS offensive lineman Dino Boyd was penalized for unnecessary contact against Marloshawn Franklin Jr., who is a defensive back for the Edmonton Elks. The league’s decision to fine Boyd signals its commitment to curtail actions that go beyond the boundaries of competitive sportsmanship.

Incident 3: Michael Wakefield’s High Hit

What Happened

Another player from the Ottawa REDBLACKS facing disciplinary action is defensive lineman Michael Wakefield. Wakefield has been fined for a high hit on Edmonton Elks quarterback Tre Ford. The hit was considered dangerous, elevating the risk of serious injury and thus warranting a penalty from the league.

In all three instances, the CFL has made it clear that it will not tolerate actions that jeopardize player safety or undermine the integrity of the game. While the exact monetary figures of the fines remain undisclosed as per league policy, the penalties underscore the CFL’s commitment to enforcing a high standard of conduct within the league.

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