IL Indoor has learned from two different sources that CLA president Joey Harris has ’stayed the suspensions, pending further investigations’ of both Jamie Batley and Rod Jensen for the remaining games of the 2012 Mann Cup. Just hours before last night’s game 5, the CLA issued a statement that saw both coaches suspended for the duration of the Mann Cup due to their interference with CCES drug testing procedures.
Both sides immediately appealed the decision by the CLA citing that they weren’t properly informed of procedures and therefore felt that the ruling was unjust and should be lifted. The CLA has now reviewed both appeals and come to the decision to “stay” the suspensions which means both coaches will be on their respective benches for tonight’s game 6.
They “stay” means that while both Batley and Jensen may coach, the suspension haven’t been lifted and there may be further investigations into the suspensions after the Mann Cup is over.
With the Mann Cup in the building its great to hear that both teams will be at full capacity. This situation has been a wild and crazy scene but allowing the teams to settle the National Championships is the only way to crown a champion.
After the jump- take a look at the official release from the CLA regarding the reinstatement of the coaches.
Reminder- Game 6 and 7 (if neceessary) will be at 7pm ET/4pm PT and can be viewed via www.webcast-sports.com.
The head coaches of the Peterborough Lakers and the Langley Thunder will return to their coaching duties for the duration of the 2012 Mann Cup. The suspensions that were given to each head coach will remain but they have been granted the right to return to the bench pending a full discipline review.
Rod Jensen, head coach of the Langley Thunder, and Jamie Batley, head coach of the Peterborough Lakers were suspended prior to the start of game five and relieved of their coaching duties. The suspensions were imposed due to their conduct off the floor and were based on the CLA code of conduct policy.
Both coaches submitted a report in response to their suspensions. CLA President, Joey Harris, reviewed each report and has reinstated their coaching duties. The CLA subscribes to the process of nature justice and will conduct a full disciplinary hearing upon the conclusion of the Mann Cup. The suspensions have not been reduced, rather they are staying effective immediately until a full discipline review has been completed.
The reports submitted of Mr. Jensen and Mr. Batley’s off-floor conduct required immediate action to which the CLA responded. The CLA is not taking the actions of Mr. Jensen or Mr. Batley lightly – all members of the CLA are to conduct themselves in accordance with the bylaws, regulations, code of conduct and rules of the organization and our sport. The stay on the suspensions is not making light of the reports but rather is a reflection on the process to which all members of the CLA are afforded.
Our focus remains on the two teams who are competing for the title as CLA Senior ‘A’ National Champion. There is still a lot of great lacrosse action to come and we are sure the players will not disappoint.
For more information on the CLA code of conduct, including rules and regulations visitwww.lacrosse.ca.Teddy Jenner is one the leading sources for lacrosse information. He comes by his love of lax honestly with a lifetime of experience, two Mann Cup championships and six years of play in the NLL. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow him on Twitter @OffTheCrosseBar or catch him on Team 1410 radio in Vancouver, B.C., as the host and producer of the Off the Crosse-Bar Radio Show In 2012, he was awarded the BCLA's Norm Wright Merit Award- handed out to a member of the media deemed to have have contributed to the promotion of lacrosse.
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