Roughriders sack controversial player

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have fired league defensive end Garrett Marino, who is one of the most talked about athletes in the Canadian Football League (CFL) this week for all the wrong reasons.

Earlier this season, the 28-year-old American was suspended for four games in the July 8 game against the Ottawa Redblacks for three actions. It was unknown in the CFL.

Marino was suspended for two games for making an “irresponsible and dangerous” tackle below the legal height against quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, a move that sent him to the infirmary. The defensive player celebrated the illegal tackle and taunted Masoli “about his origins,” a violation of the CFL’s code of conduct that added a game to his sanction.

He eventually received another one-game suspension for a dangerous tackle on an Ottawa offensive lineman.

“This behavior has no place in our league,” Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement. These disciplinary measures are intended to send a clear signal that this type of action will not be tolerated.”

The Roughriders had also written an apology on Marino’s behalf and the player apologized upon his return from suspension.

Last Sunday, in a 20-18 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the California native was back on track. He ambushed quarterback Zach Collaros as he got rid of the ball. Marino was not penalized for the streak.

In eight games in 2022, the former “Riders” accumulated nine tackles and a quarterback sack.

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