Man charged with threatening Riders' McCallum

A Regina man is charged with uttering threats against Saskatchewan Roughriders kicker Paul McCallum and his family.

Mark Conrad Lehmond, 31, was arrested Monday for allegedly threatening to burn down McCallum's northwest Regina house shortly after he shanked a costly field goal in Saskatchewan's 27-25 overtime loss to the British Columbia Lions in Sunday's CFL West Division final.

Lehmond is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 15.

"We're taking it very seriously," noted Regina police spokeswoman Elizabeth Popowich. "I think everyone is really dismayed by this sort of event."

Popowich revealed Monday that police received a telephone call after McCallum's house was pelted with eggs and manure dropped on the lawn.

Shortly thereafter a vehicle passed by and, according to Popowich, people inside allegedly made "threats against the property of the home owner."

"I think it's stupid, crazy, asinine (and) out of line," fumed Roughriders general manager Roy Shivers. "There's no place for threats."

Explained Roughriders chairman Garry Huntington in a release: "This is a very sad day for the Rider nation. We have earned an enviable reputation right across Canada as having the classiest and most passionate fans.

"To have this reputation shattered by an act of wanton vandalism has resulted in an outpouring of outrage from hundreds of (fans) who have condemned this act as an isolated incident carried out by thugs who are not Rider fans."

"Paul and his family have been an important part of this community for over seven years," he continued. "They live here, work here, raise their family here and are making contributions every day to our city.

"This is not who we are. We win together, we lose together and we cannot express strongly enough how sorry we are."

McCallum, too, was apologetic for missing an 18-yard field goal in overtime and thus allowing Lions kicker Duncan O'Mahony to kick a 40-yarder for the decisive points.

"I'd like to apologize," McCallum told the Regina Leader-Post.

"I feel terrible about the outcome. I do blame myself.

"What bothers me is that the attention has been taken off a good performance by my team, minus my performance, and on to this ridiculous situation that has taken place."

"That's a classless act and it's really unfortunate," O'Mahony said. "Paul is a great guy.

McCallum, a 34-year-old Vancouver native, has kicked for the Roughriders since 1997.

with files from CBC Saskatchewan and CP Online