TORONTO – The Canadian Football League announced today that an arbitrator has upheld BC Lions DT Khalif Mitchell’s two game suspension levied by CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon.
Mitchell will serve the suspension over the course of the next two Lions’ games.
Mitchell was issued the two game suspension for a play in which he performed an unnecessary, reckless act on Edmonton Eskimo offensive lineman Simeon Rottier on Friday, July 20.
“We welcome this decision and will continue to work with our players and their association to safeguard player health and safety,” said Mark Cohon, Commissioner of the Canadian Football League.
BC Lions General Manager and Vice-President of Football Operations Wally Buono issued the following statement regarding the arbitrator's decision.
“The BC Lions Football Club has been informed by the Canadian Football League that the two-game suspension to Khalif Mitchell has been upheld by an independent arbitrator. The club supports the CFL’s continued work with players and their association to safeguard player health and safety.”
Mitchell also provided a statement regarding his suspension.
“I accept the decision of the arbitrator and I am grateful for having had the opportunity to go through the process of an appeal.”
The Lions host the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday, Aug. 19 at 7pm ET.