PrintPrint

Lions players react to Foley's sudden change of heart

TSN.ca Staff

9/15/2010 6:18:31 PM

Some B.C. Lions players had choice words about Ricky Foley on Wednesday, the defensive end who appeared to be on the verge of re-signing with the Lions, only to do an about-face and sign with the Toronto Argonauts.

"It was totally unprofessional," said Lions offensive lineman Angus Reid. "If you don't want to play here that's fine, but don't lie about it."

Foley appeared on a Vancouver radio station on Tuesday after it seemed he had agreed to terms on a contract with the Lions. However later in the day, he signed with his hometown team, the Argonauts.

"Don't go on the radio and be so heartfelt when you say there's no place you'd rather be," Reid added. "The guy has no credibility. It was a joke."

It was the same sentiment on the other side of the ball as Lions' defensive end Brent Johnson admitted he was unhappy about Foley's change of heart but is ready to move on.

"We don't want a guy here that doesn't want to be here. Was it unscrupulous? Yes. But it works both ways," said Johnson. "This organization does everything it can to be honest with players. But I'm sure in the history of this organization some players have gotten burned. This time we got burned."

Foley appeared on TSN's Off The Record on Wednessday and talked about his decision and how much difficulty he had in making it.

''I wanted to get back to playing as fast as I could and I thought B.C. was the most comfortable for me to just come in right away, after being away from football for a while. That would have been the easiest transition," said Foley. ''But once I told my family my decision that evening; just seeing the looks on their faces, I just couldn't do it. So I had to re-evaluate things.''

The Courtice, Ontario native praised the Lions organization for their understanding in the matter and admitted that if Lions had insisted on sticking with the original deal, he would have been willing to return to B.C.

''I'm glad B.C., Wally Buono and Mike Benevides were so understanding of the situation and I'm happy to be in Toronto," added Foley.  "But if Buono and the Lions had really stuck it to me and said 'you gave us your word – I thought we had things agreed upon', then that would have been pretty tough. With my morals and values, I would have had to go back to B.C."