Langley Thunder coach Rod Jensen suspended indefinitely by the CLA

Rod Jensen led his Langley Thunder to back to back Mann Cup titles but now may not be back in 2013. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Rod Jensen led his Langley Thunder to back to back Mann Cup titles but now may not be back in 2013. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

IL Indoor has learned directly that the Canadian Lacrosse Association has suspended Langley Thunder head coach Rod Jensen for his action during and after the 2012 Mann Cup. While the Thunder and Peterborough Lakers gave fans a thrilling six game series, much of the talk was about the goings-on off the floor involving the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports (CCES), the CLA and two competing teams. The CLA ended up suspending both Jensen and Lakers head coach Jamie Batley for their involvement in disrupting the CCES’s drug testing procedures and then they stayed those suspensions 24 hours later pending further investigations.

Well, the CLA has acted in regards to Jensen and the suspension is indefinite. When the suspensions to both coaches were stayed before game six, they were put on short leashes and told to act with professionalism and in accordance to the CLA’s code of conduct through the remaining games. While the CLA wasn’t able to specifically say what led to the further suspension of Jensen, according to the official game sheet for game six, the Thunder bench was assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty as well as a gross misconduct penalty, which has resulted in the suspension of Jensen. After the jump, see the official statement from the CLA in regards to this ruling and stay tuned to IL Indoor for more on the ongoing investigations from the CLA and the CCES.

Here is the official statement from the CLA:

“Rod Jensen, head coach of the Langley Thunder has been immediately and indefinitely suspended by the CLA President, Joey Harris, from all lacrosse activities in Canada, pending the results of the CLA discipline process.

“This suspension relates to Mr Jensen’s conduct off/on the floor during the Mann Cup, including his conduct following the final game 6.

“All members of the CLA are to conduct themselves in accordance with the bylaws, regulations, code of conduct, and rules of the organization, and Mr. Jensen has been found, by the President, to be in violation of these.  Given this is a discipline matter no further comment will be made.”

It should be made clear that the suspension is not a “life-time ban” as some have said. This is an indefinite suspension pending further investigation from the CLA.

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 ted.jenner@ilindoor.com, 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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