Canadian Football League

Friday, June 30, 2006

Canadian Football League player arrested

Police twice used a stun gun to restrain a Hamilton Tiger-Cat player who allegedly became unruly at a downtown bar after the team's home opener.
Mario Fatafehi, 27, was arrested shortly after midnight following last Saturday's loss to the Montreal Alouettes.
Sgt. Mike Webber said police officers were called to Tailgate Charlie's on John Street after a patron began yelling and throwing beer bottles and refused to leave.
He said officers twice used a Taser gun to restrain the intoxicated suspect, charged with causing a disturbance.
"He was apologetic. He indicated that earlier that day he was cut from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and that was his explanation," Sgt. Webber said.
"Unfortunately, because of the application of force and so forth, officers made the decision to charge him, with the support of the staff at the bar."
Scott McNaughton, the Tiger-Cats' manager of community and public relations, said Mr. Fatafehi was in fact still with the club.
"The Cats have no comment on the situation right now," Mr. McNaughton said Tuesday afternoon.
"He hasn't been released, He's still on the roster. We'll see what happens after Thursday's game," he added, referring to last night's game against the Calgary Stampeders.
Mr. Fatafehi, a six feet two inch, 300-pound import defensive tackle, had joined the Tiger-Cats June 1 after being waived by the NFL's Denver Broncos. He lives in Utah in the off-season.


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