Joe Mack’s comments on Thursday about Richard Harris’ passing being a reason for Winnipeg’s struggles this season struck a nerve with many across the CFL.
Most weren’t willing to go public with their anger, but a pair of media personalities who once worked with Harris on the football operations side of the team didn’t hold back.
Here’s what Troy Westwood, the former Bombers kicker, had to say on his TSN 1290 radio show:
“Coach Harris, rest his wonderful soul, passed away July 26, 2011. The Bombers won four [straight] games after the passing of coach Harris and they played with tenacity and great spirit to honour the life of one Coach Harris. Don’t tell me 13 months after the man’s passing that this still somehow reflects negatively.
“The cancer that exists in the locker room right now doesn’t have to do with the passing and loss of Coach Harris. It’s much more deep seeded than that and it was a ridiculous, horrendous and disgusting crutch for [Mack] to throw under his armpit and talk about.”
Then Sportsnet reporter and former Bombers public relations man Arash Madani sounded off on Twitter with three tweets about Mack’s theory.
• Linking Richard Harris’s death last August to why the #Bombers are now a failure is one of the most despicable things I’ve ever heard. #CFL
• I was fortunate enough to work for the #Bombers in 2008. Been around the #CFL for over a decade. Yesterday was as sickening a day in memory.
• If I’m #Bombers pres. Garth Buchko and board chair Bill Watchorn, I call Tami Harris today and apologize profusely for what my GM said. #CFL