CFL Player Duke Williams Suspended For Throwing Helmet At Opponent

REGINA - OCT 25: Canadian Football League game featuring the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Edmonton Eskimoes. October 25, 2008 in Regina, Canada.


The CFL has suspended Duke Williams of the Saskatchewan Roughriders for throwing a helmet at an opponent during pre-game warmups for a game against the Toronto Argonauts.

Williams ripped off Toronto Argonauts defensive back Shaquille Richardson’s helmet and later punched him during the game.

“Such pre-game hostilities are unacceptable and the use of a helmet as a weapon is especially dangerous,” CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement. “Neither is to be tolerated.”

Williams played football at Auburn before being dismissed from the team for off-field issues. He went on to spend time with the Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills in the NFL, before joining the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL. He returned for a brief stint with the Bills and ultimately landed with the Roughriders.

Now, he is being suspended for one game.

Williams was also assessed the maximum CFL fine which is the equivalent of half of a player’s game check.

This season, Williams has played in five games and recorded 18 catches for 319 yards and three touchdowns.

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