The Canadian Football League has come down hard on Tiger Cat Coach Kent Austin and frankly, he had it coming.
After a controversial call in last week’s embarrassing loss in Regina, Austin protested by approaching a game official, initiating contact with that referee.
Austin says it was accidental, the CFL disagrees, but that’s really a moot point.
The rules in all pro sports are pretty clear; do not touch or try to intimidate a referee.
Austin broke that rule and his ‘ excuse’ , that it was an accident, just doesn’t hold up.
The irony is that Austin has chastised his players for inappropriate behavior that has cost the Tiger Cats with unnecessary penalties , that, in some cases, have determined the outcome of the game.
But how can a coach vilify his players when he can’t hold himself to the same standard ?
Sadly, this isn’t the first time Austin has been hauled onto the carpet.
Last year, he was fined for shoving Argo Dave Stala in a sideline altercation.
So, Austin will pay a $10,000 fine and he’s banned from the sideline in this Saturday’s crucial game at Tim Horton Field.
Austin’s temper tantrum penalizes the players and the fans.
That’s not the kind of leadership this proud organization deserves.