HAMILTON – After a catch-and-run of 95 yard TD towards the end of the first half in a 25-24 loss against Hamilton on Thursday, Edmonton receiver D & # 39; haquille Williams did a small endzone breakdance for playing a potty of hot potato with his teammates.
Moments later, Natey Adjei grabbed a television microphone and started to spot him while he was interviewing him on the sidelines. Those actions would probably have earned Williams reprehensible behavioral penalties last week.
But the CFL announced Thursday – just in time for the game against Hamilton of Edmonton – that it relaxed the rule on the use of props at the celebration of the touchdown. They can now be used if they are not hidden in a player's uniform or in the goal posts. The celebration can not be humiliating, discriminatory, simulating a weapon being fired or "unnecessarily delaying the game".
Williams believes he was the catalyst for the sudden change of rule.
"I was the only receiver who received penalty" … so I suspect I played a big part in it ", said Williams, who has a 947 receiving yards and 7 TD catches.
"I am happy that they have passed that rule so that we can really enjoy it."
Last week, Williams was punished after having crawled through an endzone advertising chipboard after a touchdown reception in a 40-24 victory over Montreal. He was also punished on July 7 against Toronto in a 20-17 loss for using his towel during a party.
Under the new revised rule these celebrations would be allowed.
Williams said he did not expect a change in rule so quickly, but credits CFL fans for applying the pressure.
"The fans were certainly fighting and I felt that they also played a big part in it," he said. "Big fans for our fans, big fans for the fans throughout the competition, for every team … Without their voice we would still be punished."
Williams said his celebrations are being done in the nick of time, but the relaxed rules can change that.
"They have now adopted the rule, so we'll certainly have fun with it," he said with a smile. "We now have many big plans, very exciting."
From Carol Phillips, The Canadian Press