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No punishment for Stampeders after nightclub fight 0

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency
Stampeders general manager and head coach John Hufnagel says the players involved in a fight at Flames Central will not be disciplined by the team. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

Stampeders general manager and head coach John Hufnagel says the players involved in a fight at Flames Central will not be disciplined by the team. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

CALGARY - 

A Sunday night out on the town has turned into a public relations headache for the Calgary Stampeders.

Approximately 15 Stamps players were at Flames Central to take in a concert by Big Sean when an arguement led to punches being thrown.

Stamps defensive back Tad Kornegay suffered a cut to his head and has not practised the past two days.

Stamps GM/Head coach John Hufnagel said the brawl, which was captured on a video phone and posted to YouTube, will not result in any of his players being disciplined.

"A group of players were at a concert - I don't know the full story, obviously, because I wasn't there - and there was an argument that occurred after the concert," Hufnagel said after Wednesday's practice at McMahon Stadium.

"It followed into the parking lot and some things got escalated. That was about it.

"One of my players got blindsided, but he should be fine. It dispersed quickly after that. The police came and, to my knowledge, there are no reports."

Kornegay, who has watched the last two days of practice with a ball cap covering his stitches, is expected to play Sunday in Regina against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

"He has some stitches in his head, but he'll be fine," Hufnagel said.

"I'm expecting him to (play). But I've had lesser injuries I've got surprised by the day before a game."

Stamps players were told not to comment on the incident, leaving Hufnagel to explain the process he's gone through over the last two days.

"I brought the players into my office to try to get the full story," Hufnagel said. "There's a number of players that were at the concert, so you get 15 different stories.

"My take on it is that the Calgary Stampeders were not the instigators, but I'm sure all those people weren't complete angels also."

This isn't the first time the Stamps have had to deal with a bar altercation.

Fullback Teyo Johnson was hospitalized in 2009 after suffering a stab wound at a concert at the Big Four Building.

He made a quick recovery and was back on the field a week later.

In 2008, linebacker JoJuan Armour was beat up at a downtown bar and missed that week's game in Hamilton.

scott.fisher@sunmedia.ca

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