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Published on August 23, 2009 3:31 PM by dbo.
Steve Simmons misses the point on the Stefan LeFors pay cut by stating the Bombers forcing a pay cut on him under threat of being cut is contrary to the CFL/CFLPA bargaining agreement. In fact, teams are allowed to cut players with less than 5 years (I believe) experience at any time during the season and not be responsible for their remaining salary.
The issue with this situation is the timing of the request, which was the day prior to LeFors undergoing an MRI which determined the extent of his shoulder injury. The Bombers needed to cut LeFors in order to resign him to the smaller contract, and cutting injured players is forbidden by the CFLPA collective agreement. While threatening players with unemployment in order to reduce their salary may be unethical, it happens where ever there are no guaranteed contracts. The legal issue is with the timing of the situation with regards to the injury. Without the player initiating a complaint with the players association, though, you can expect little to be done.