Newspaper article The Canadian Press

CFL Fines Riders Head coach/GM Jones for Meeting with Johnny Manziel's Publicist

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

CFL Fines Riders Head coach/GM Jones for Meeting with Johnny Manziel's Publicist

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Jones fined for meeting Manziel's publicist

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TORONTO - The CFL fined the Saskatchewan Roughriders $31,500 for two bylaw violations and head coach/GM Chris Jones $5,000 for meeting with the publicist for former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Manziel is on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' negotiation list, giving them exclusive CFL rights to the quarterback. The league said Jones' actions "constitutes tampering and is in violation of CFL bylaws."

In February, there were reports Saskatchewan worked out Manziel. The Riders denied the reports and the CFL said there's no evidence to suggest any workout took place.

The Riders were fined for violating league bylaws regarding players attending practice while on the CFL suspension list as well as the recruitment of a junior player.

Jones said the Riders accept the league's punishments. …

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