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Vanstone: Roughriders’ Marino must apologize for sorry episode

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Now that the Roughriders’ Garrett Marino has been suspended for 4 video games by the CFL, he must apologize and settle for the punishment.

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Put on it, Garrett.

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Settle for a four-game, Canadian Soccer League-issued suspension with out objection or enchantment.

Take the following month, or thereabouts, and contritely mirror upon the way you play the sport — admittedly, one that’s unavoidably violent for all who’re concerned — and the way you symbolize the Saskatchewan Roughriders … and your self.

Digest all of it like a Keg-sized meal.

Get higher.

Instead, get out of city.

Such is the selection that faces Roughriders defensive sort out Garrett Marino after the CFL handed him its longest-ever suspension relating to in-game misbehaviour. The punishment, introduced early Monday night, breaks down as follows:

• Two video games for “a harmful and reckless low hit” on Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Jeremiah Masoli within the latter phases of Friday’s 28-13 home-team victory at Mosaic Stadium. Masoli, who has an injured proper leg, might be sidelined 10 to 12 weeks. Marino compounded an already-ugly scenario by flexing his biceps and, upon being ejected from the sport, elevating his arms within the air and blowing kisses to the followers — together with some gormless people who applauded the sorry show — as he headed to the tunnel.

• One recreation for making a remark about Masoli’s “heritage” and thereby contravening the league’s code of conduct. (Masoli is of Polynesian descent.)

• One extra recreation for what the league termed “an unlawful and reckless sort out of an Ottawa offensive lineman.”

One large public-relations catastrophe for the CFL and its marquee franchise.

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At all times attuned to the bigger equation, Roughriders head coach Craig Dickenson informed CKRM’s Michael Ball late Monday afternoon that the staff’s intention was to sit down out Marino for Saturday’s recreation towards the Toronto Argonauts in Wolfville, N.S.

It was a proactive transfer by Dickenson, who took the initiative even earlier than he was suggested of Marino’s suspension — albeit one which was inevitable.

Studying the room, Dickenson nearly ensured that the looming Landing Atlantic wouldn’t degenerate into Meltdown Atlantic.

This is identical Craig Dickenson, bear in mind, who informed reporters after Friday’s recreation that the victory was “tainted” by the Marino mess.

The Roughriders’ area boss was so mortified by the unhappy spectacle that he deviated from his accustomed follow of distributing recreation balls.

By then, Marino had already bolted. A member of a flag-prone staff that has a propensity for offside penalties, Marino was the newest defensive lineman to depart too early.

Marino ought to have caught round, insisted on assembly the media, and prolonged a honest apology. He ought to have answered each query and confronted the scenario head-on.

In different phrases, he ought to have emulated his head coach.

Dickenson addresses the media after each recreation, each follow. If he makes a questionable teaching choice, he has to reply for it. It’s a accountability he understands, accepts and even embraces.

Oftentimes, Dickenson will get in front of the situation by pointing the finger at himself if he feels that he has erred strategically.

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Cody Fajardo is in the identical boat, and of the identical ilk.

Whether or not he throws 4 landing passes, 4 interceptions, or each, the Roughriders’ beginning quarterback has to reply for his efficiency.

Not as soon as has he ducked these obligations or supplied something lower than a satisfying, considerate reply, even when some post-game classes will need to have been excruciating.

It’s all about accountability and authenticity.

And it isn’t too late for Marino to step up and deal with the scenario.

As a substitute of permitting it to fester, he needs to be out there — or be made out there — to reporters following Tuesday afternoon’s follow at Mosaic Stadium.

(Reminder: The core values listed within the community-owned Roughriders’ code of conduct embrace “openness and accountability.”)

Even when Marino isn’t practising, he ought to nonetheless face the microphones, cameras and snoopy scribes.

The restoration of his fame needn’t wait any longer than just a few extra hours.

If that’s carried out in thorough and expeditious vogue, everybody can hopefully take a deep breath, at the least for just a few weeks.

Presuming that Marino is reinstated in some unspecified time in the future, he might be beneath a microscope. Each recreation. Each play. Accurately.

Always, he should be an exemplary citizen. He needs to be topic to a one-strike-and-you’re-out coverage. Any latitude has been forfeited.

Ideally, Marino will study from this odious episode and show that he can emerge as a constructive presence.

Failing that, he had greatest blow just a few extra kisses — ones that signify “goodbye.”

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