Roughriders approve code of conduct

Officials with the Saskatchewan Roughriders football club have unveiled the team's new code of conduct.

Officials with theSaskatchewan Roughriders football club have unveiled the team's new code of conduct.

The code, unveiled in Regina Saturday at the CFL club's annual general meeting, requires players to obey the law, act with honesty and integrity, respect others and take responsibility for their actions.

Roughriders general manager Eric Tillman said the code is important because it lets the public know what is expected of the team.

The U.S.-born Tillman said it's especially important for American players to remember they are guests in the country and should conduct themselves appropriately.

On the other hand, he said, the code isn't the be-all and end-all of player behaviour.

"This is not the Mormon Tabernacle Choir," he said.

"It's professional football. It's young people. There will be bumps that happen, you know, when you're out and you're in an environment where people are drinking, there are going to be people that will start altercations."

The bottom line, though, is that players are expected "to be pleasant, to be professional, to be cordial, and to be respectful of the law," Tillman said.

Plans for a code of conduct came after Roughriders came into conflict with the law in several high-profile incidents.

Among them was former linebacker Trevis Smith, who was sentenced in February to 5½ years in prison for knowingly exposing two women to the virus that causes AIDS by having unprotected sex with them and not revealing his condition.