B.C. Lions' Khalif Mitchell fined for "throat slashing" gesture
He claims he was simply making the sign of the cross, but the Canadian Football League has viewed things a little differently. Today (September 25), the CFL has fined hulking B.C. Lions defensive tackle Khalif Mitchell an undisclosed amount for what the league says were throat slashing gestures against the Edmonton Eskimos in a game on September 22 at Commonwealth Stadium.
On at least three occasions in the game, the 6-foot-5-inch, 315-pound lineman clearly moved his hand across his throat in a menacing fashion prior to the snap off the football. He claims it was the final motion in the sign of the cross and teammates and the Lions coaching staff say they've seen Mitchell make the move in practice throughout the season. But the league wasn't buying that explanation and levied the fine.
Mitchell has been under the CFL microscope since being suspended for two games earlier this year for an attempt to injure an Edmonton player's arm in a July 20 game at B.C. Place Stadium.