I guess indoor football really is more intimate than regular football.
We’re still working on gathering additional details about this altercation, but it should come as no surprise that the availability of Champions Professional Indoor Football League news is rather lacking.
Given the recent struggles of the Nebraska defense, maybe Bo Pelini should have this guy drive up the road to show his “Blackshirts” a thing or two about taking down running backs.
UPDATE – 2:20 PM (5/15):
The CPIFL did release the following statement regarding the incident:
After careful consideration and viewing numerous sources of video, the Champions Professional Indoor Football League is prepared to announce the penalties levied against players and coaches for their actions in Omaha on Saturday night. Players and coaches were suspended for their roles in a fight with punches thrown and actions detrimental to the league.
The Omaha Beef followed suit with the following:
The Omaha Beef were notified last night by the Champions Professional Indoor Football League of suspensions regarding four Omaha players after Saturday night’s 27-23 victory over the Lincoln Haymakers. The Omaha Beef do not condone any of the actions that occurred by either team during the fourth quarter incident on Saturday night.
The Omaha Beef will immediately appeal all suspensions that have been issued, but have also been notified by the league office that regardless, suspensions will be enforced during the appeals process. The Omaha Beef do not necessarily disagree with the issuing of sanctions, but we strongly disagree with the gravity of sanctions leveled.
The Omaha Beef will make individual appeals on behalf of all parties suspended. We believe that each player’s case is unique, and the event that triggered the entire situation is nearly unprecedented. The Omaha Beef throughout this process has been fully cooperative with the CPIFL and even voluntarily provided a large amount of additional video evidence from the arena to the league for a thorough and fair evaluation. The Omaha Beef are committed to handling this in a professional matter, and believe that the overwhelming video evidence tells the story.
UPDATE – 8:20 AM (5/16):
The Champions Professional Indoor Football League announced Lincoln Haymakers Head Coach Dave Brumagen has been fined $500 and suspended four games for the on-field incident. Cory Ross was also named On-Field Interim Head Coach for those four games.