Argonauts wide receiver Arland Bruce III took a shot at CFL officials following Toronto's 33-24 loss to the hometown Montreal Alouettes in the East final on Sunday.
Bruce, who caught six passes for 48 yards and a touchdown, accused the referees of being racist and accepting bribes in order to influence the game's outcome.
Argonauts wide receiver Arland Bruce III, left, says CFL officials "are racists. How come there are no black referees in the CFL?"
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"I don't think the referees like Pinball," Bruce said after the game, referring to Argos head coach Michael Clemons, who is black. "I think they are racists. How come there are no black referees in the CFL? They're racists."
Bruce went on to suggest that officials had been tough on Toronto throughout the season and accused the Alouettes of paying off referees for Sunday's game, but failed to cite any hard evidence.
"How much did [Montreal's] coach pay the refs, that's what I want to know," Bruce said. "Good luck to them in the Grey Cup. I hope they pay them off there, too. Make another $5,000.
"It's frustrating when you know that you didn't get dominated. They get 14 men — the crowd and the refs.… It's like going to the mall to buy something for $10 that should really be $3."
George Black, the CFL's director of officiating, said the league would look at the comments and "take appropriate action," though he refuted Bruce's allegations.
"I'd deny anything like [racism] exists," he said. "If I thought anyone operated in that fashion I'd fire them in a heartbeat."
Montreal will meet the B.C. Lions in the 94th Grey Cup (CBC, 3 p.m. ET) at Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg on Nov. 19.
The Lions rode 29 first-half points to a 45-18 drubbing of the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Sunday's West final in Vancouver.With files from the Canadian Press