Ex-CFL Exec Convicted On Child Porn Charges

As the NFL regular season lurches closer & closer to fruition, the CFL would like to remind you that hey, our season is already underway! Why should the clubs south of the border get all the attention?

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

However, the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers were probably hoping to grab headlines for other less-savory reasons. First, there was that whole Pacman Jones predicament. And now comes word that one of their ex-team presidents has been convicted on child pornography charges.

The EDMONTON SUN reports that 72-year-old Dr. Ross Brown, president of the Bombers during the late ’80s & early ’90s, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to “possessing nearly 5,000 images and videos of children as young as two years old engaging in sexual acts, including bestiality and bondage.”

Such a disgusting act needs to be countered with the harshest punishment of all - removal from the team’s Hall of Fame. However, the Blue Bombers are concerned about how to handle this terrible turn of events:

Brown was named to the club’s Hall of Fame as a builder in 2006, the same year he was charged by police.

Ken Hildahl, the current board chairman, said the conviction puts the club in a difficult situation.

“Obviously this is a totally unprecedented situation for the football club,” Hildahl said.

“At some point the board is going to have to take a look at the situation.”

Hildahl said no date has been set to discuss the matter. He said the board has never had to deal with removing a member from the Hall of Fame before.

Oh, and as for Dr. Brown’s actual legal punishment? He was sentenced to 45 days in jail & three years supervised probation. Seems pretty lenient for such a revolting crime. However, Brown’s incarceration could have been longer had the Winnipeg Police had their act together.

From the REGINA LEADER-POST:

The Winnipeg Police Service accepted full responsibility Thursday for long delays in the investigation against Dr. Ross Brown that almost sabotaged the case against the former president of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

“We failed to deliver on our own timeline on a couple of occasions and that did put the case in jeopardy,” Insp. Bill Fogg said. “It’s simply a matter of a bunch of well-intentioned people who are tying to take on a lot of work and they were unable to meet their own expectations that they . . . set for the Crown and the courts.”

Fogg said investigators were faced with sifting through a mountain of data to prove the charges against Brown and became overwhelmed despite their best efforts. The investigators had to put the Brown file aside several times when new cases surfaced.

Well, then, I suppose 45 days is better than nothing at all. Actually, no, it isn’t.