COMMENTS FROM THE ‘INSENSITIVE’ FRENCH? Running coach Eger sent home by Redblacks

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The Ottawa Redblacks sent running backs coach Charlie Eger home.

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After learning what they believe were “insensitive comments” toward French-speaking players last week, the Redblacks decided it was best not to have Eger with the team during last Saturday’s home game against the Argos. The Redblacks are on a bye week and Eger will also be absent during next week’s practice and the team’s final game of the season in Montreal.

“We had heard some insensitive statements, that was the gist,” Redblacks coach Paul LaPolice said Monday. “They caught my attention, I investigated it. At the end of the day, after doing my research, I was simply not satisfied with the coach’s understanding of the impact on our players. I acted fast, we told him to go home. Your contract will not be renewed. “

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LaPolice explained that such conduct is not acceptable at any of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group properties.

“As an organization, we believe in diversity and inclusion of all races, all peoples and everything,” he said. “I think it’s something we have to keep doing. That is our policy, it is our organizational mantra. “

Before being hired by the Redblacks, Eger was an interim offensive coordinator at Clarion University. He spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Seton Hill University, working as an offensive coordinator while also training the offensive line (2014-17) and serving as a recruiting coordinator. Eger has been a guest coach with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and has helped in the OTAs with the St. Louis Rams and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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