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CFL commissioner defends investigation process into allegations against Argos, Kelly

By Nick Wells, The Canadian Press on February 29, 2024.

The commissioner of the Canadian Football League defended his organization's approach to handling an investigation into Toronto Argonauts quarterback Chad Kelly. Kelly with his award for Most Outstanding Player at the 2023 Canadian Football League (CFL) Awards in Niagara Falls, Ont. Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tara Walton

VANCOUVER – CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie is defending his organization’s approach to handling an investigation into allegations against the Toronto Argonauts and quarterback Chad Kelly.

The investigation comes after a lawsuit from a former Argonauts strength-and-conditioning coach was launched against the club for wrongful dismissal and Kelly for alleged violations of the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Ambrosie laid out a timeline for reporters on Thursday about the league’s investigation into the allegations.

He said an investigation was ordered last Thursday shortly after he learned of the lawsuit.

He added a process plan was created Friday, with an independent investigator was hired by the league, with the Argos and the CFL Players Association notified.

On Monday, the parties were formally notified, written notification went out Tuesday and the league made a public announcement Wednesday.

The complainant in the lawsuit filed a statement of claim with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice last week, alleging her contract was not renewed after she complained of a pattern of harassment by Kelly.

The allegations have not been tested in court.

The Canadian Press does not publish the names of alleged victims of harassment or sexual assault unless granted permission.

Ambrosie was speaking to reporters to announce a slate of sponsors for the upcoming 2024 Grey Cup, being held in Vancouver.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 29, 2024.

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