Shawn Lemon practises at Alouettes training camp despite sports gambling suspension

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Former CFL all star Shawn Lemon suspended indefinitely for betting on league games
WATCH ABOVE: (From April 24, 2024) An investigation has revealed that former CFL all-star Shawn Lemon bet on games while he was a member of the Calgary Stampeders. As Moses Woldu reports, that investigation has led to an indefinite suspension. – Apr 24, 2024

Defensive lineman Shawn Lemon has appealed his sports-gambling suspension and is back with the Montreal Alouettes.

According to a league source, Lemon filed his appeal Monday night and was on the field practising Tuesday at the CFL team’s training camp. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity as neither the league nor CFL Players’ Association have divulged details of the appeal.

The CFL indefinitely suspended Lemon on April 24 for betting on league games, including one the league says he played in.

The league said an investigation showed Lemon bet on games in 2021 while with the Calgary Stampeders but added there was no evidence to indicate games were impacted by his wagering.

The CFL and the Alouettes did not immediately provide a reason for Lemon’s presence amid the suspension, but both said they would be issuing a statement.

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But by appealing the suspension, Lemon becomes eligible to resume practising and playing until such time as an arbitrator renders a decision on his appeal.

The Lemon saga adds to what’s already been a difficult time for the CFL.

Last week, the league suspended Toronto quarterback Chad Kelly from playing in the Argonauts’ two exhibition contests and at least nine regular-season games for violating its gender-based violence policy. Two days later, Kelly was on the field during the club’s rookie camp at the University of Guelph.

And then Friday night, the CFL Players’ Association launched an appeal against the CFL for denying it access to the full 87-page independent report following an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against Kelly. The union said it received an executive summary but requested access to the entire report as part of its due diligence of the Kelly ruling, only to be turned down by the league.

Kelly, 30, the CFL’s outstanding player last season, wasn’t in equipment and didn’t practise. Following the workout, Toronto GM Mike (Pinball) Clemons said Kelly’s presence was within the conditions of the CFL’s discipline but a league spokesman said Kelly was on the field at the Argos’ discretion.

Toronto opened training camp Sunday without Kelly, announcing the quarterback would not be participating in team activities.

The CFL’s suspension followed an independent investigation commissioned by the league into a lawsuit filed by a former strength-and-conditioning coach against Kelly for sexual harassment and the club for wrongful dismissal.

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Lemon, a three-time Grey Cup champion, announced his retirement two weeks before the league announced his suspension despite signing a one-year extension with Montreal during the off-season.

The 35-year-old from Charleston, S.C., helped Montreal defeat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 28-24 in last year’s Grey Cup. The Alouettes went 12-4, including the playoffs, after signing Lemon, who had 26 tackles, nine sacks, two interceptions and one forced fumble in 13 regular-season games. He also earned his 100th CFL sack last season.

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