Toronto Police, CFL investigating incident between Argos players, Tiger-Cats fan

Toronto Argonauts general manager Michael 'Pinball' Clemons discusses his disappointment from the altercation between Argos players and fans at the CFL East final and how he's heard from Toronto police that his team handled the situation with grace.

Toronto Police say they are investigating an incident after the Toronto Argonauts' CFL playoff game on Sunday after video emerged on social media showing Argos players in an altercation with a Hamilton Tiger-Cats fan.

"At the end of the game, two men allegedly jumped a barricade and were attempting to fight with players," Toronto Police Services said in a statement. "Officers and security quickly intervened and both men are alleged to have been assaultive with staff and police. As a result, both were trespassed from BMO Field and Exhibition Place."

A CFL spokesperson said the league is aware of the incident and is reviewing it.

“The Toronto Argonauts, in conjunction with MLSE security, the CFL league office and local police, are investigating a post-game incident involving team personnel and visiting fans," the team wrote in a statement to Sportsnet. "The club will issue a statement once the investigation is complete and any outcomes are determined.”

The video, posted by the @TicatsRoar Twitter account, shows Argos defensive back Chris Edwards and receiver Dejon Brissett engaging in physical contact with a fan dressed in Tiger-Cats gear before police and security intervened.

Warning The video below contains strong language and violent images that some viewers will find offensive.

Michael Clemons, the team's uber-optimistic GM, added in his remarks on Monday that he was disheartened to learn about the altercation with his players and fans.

"Any time there's a negative association with players and fans, it's disappointing," Clemons said.

"I thank many of the Hamilton fans yesterday for coming down. As for the altercation itself, I don't know the details to give a real qualified answer to that question. But any time there's a negative experience between our players and our fans, it's extremely disappointing because fans are why we play. They're the people that support us whether they're home or away."

Argonauts quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson apologized for a heated post-game interaction with a TSN cameraman a day after his CFL team was defeated in the East Division final by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The 33-year-old Bethel-Thompson was not made available post-game after his team's 27-19 loss at BMO Field on Sunday.

But he was part of the Argonauts season-ending media availability on Monday, along with general manager Michael Clemons and head coach Ryan Dinwiddie.

Bethel-Thompson clashed with the cameraman as he walked off the field on Sunday, bumping with him a few times.

"I think tempers were high on a lot of ends," Bethel-Thompson said. "I know, the cameraman was just trying to do his job. I felt like he was too close in a vindictive way, but there was zero excuse for me to touch the camera in any form or fashion.

"It's unacceptable behaviour. And hopefully, this can reach that cameraman that I'm very sorry for interfering with his work. I was trying to get to the Hamilton team to congratulate them, which was a hard enough endeavour."

At halftime, the Argonauts enjoyed a 12-0 lead at halftime but settled for four field goals from kicker Boris Bede despite a strong opening two quarters on offence. In fact, all 19 points from Toronto came off the right foot of Bede.

Bethel-Thompson took part of the blame for the second-half flop and failure to punch in at least one touchdown.

"We were the better team (Sunday)," he said. "We had a good first half. But they found a way to win. And that's what great teams do. So we're not at that level yet. And like I said, we had to finish the game because you don't get a win for leading at halftime. We should have been up by 24, if not 30 points at halftime. And we didn't do that. We didn't close the door when we had the opportunity."

--With files from the Canadian Press.

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