Bruce: CFL Officials Racist, Take Bribes

By Off the BASN Wire
Updated: November 13, 2006

TORONTO — After his team lost the East Division final, Toronto Argonauts all-star wide receiver Arland Bruce accused Canadian Football League officials of being racist and accepting bribes in order to influence the game that saw the Montreal Alouettes win 33-24.

“I don’t think the referees like Pinball,” Bruce said after the game, referring to Argos head coach Michael Clemons, who is black. “I think they are racists. How come there are no black referees in the CFL? They’re racists.”

Bruce also stated that officials had been unfair to the Argonauts during the season. He also accused the Alouettes without giving specifics, of paying off officials in the East final.

“How much did [Montreal's] coach pay the refs, that’s what I want to know?” Bruce said. “Good luck to them in the Grey Cup. I hope they pay them off there, too. Make another $5,000.”

CFL director of officiating George Black refuted Bruce’s statements.

“I’d deny anything like (racism) exists,” Black told the Toronto Star. “If I thought anyone operated in that fashion I’d fire them in a heartbeat.”