A local lacrosse team is being told to tone down their bullying, but feels they’re being bullied by their league.
The Western Lacrosse Association is ordering the Maple Ridge Burrards to post a $25,000 bond and cut down on its “violent behaviour”.
That, after a game between the Burrards and Burnaby Lakers last Sunday where 16 penalties were called in one incident.
“Are we a tough team? We’re a tough team when we have to be, but we’re not overly tough that we have to go out and flex our muscles.”
“Do we promote fighting? No. We don’t think it should be there, but it is part of the game right now.”
Burrards team president Lance Andre says they’re a non-profit club which doesn’t have that kind of money. He feels singled out by the league.
“There’s no clubs that are making thousands of dollars from playing lacrosse, we’re a day-to-day club. It’s not good for the sport, it’s painting a black eye on the sport.”
Another fine or suspension would see the Burrards lose the money, and forfeit their season.
Andre says the club is planning to fight posting the bond, and the club has since issued a response to the league.