Mike Reilly files grievance against BC Lions over unpaid security

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TORONTO – BC Lions quarterback Mike Reilly has filed a grievance against the CFL team for non-payment of guaranteed money.TSN’s Farhan Lalji reported that both sides are considering a potential settlement before the grievance goes to arbitration, which would not happen until the New Year. Lalji added that it appears that the warranty documentation was not filed with the Canadian Football League and David Braley was not aware of it.

A CFL source confirmed on Monday that the grievance had been filed. The source spoke of anonymity as not all the league, Lions and the CFL Players Association have publicly disclosed specific details.

The Lions declined to comment on Monday.

Reilly signed a 4-year, $ 2.9 million deal with British Columbia as a free agent in February 2019 after six seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos. It was kind of a homecoming for Reilly, a native of Kennewick, Wash., Who started his CFL career with the Lions (2010-12).

Reilly’s deal with British Columbia was important as it made him the highest paid player in the CFL, but it also reportedly included $ 250,000 fully guaranteed. When the league canceled the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the source said Reilly still expected to receive his guaranteed allowance and the grievance was filed last month because he had not received it. at this moment.

Ed Hervey, who signed Reilly for the four-year deal in 2019, resigned as chief executive of the Lions on October 16, citing personal reasons. Just 10 days later, franchise owner David Braley passed away at the age of 79.

Reilly, 35, was the outstanding CFL player in 2017 after posting a career-high 5,830 yards and 30 touchdowns. He guided Edmonton to a Gray Cup title in 2015, winning MVP honors.

In 2019, Reilly amassed 3,897 yards with 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 16 regular season games as British Columbia (5-13) finished last in the West Division standings.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 9, 2020.



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