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CFL suspends recently retired Lemon indefinitely for betting on league games

There will be no immediate comeback for veteran defensive lineman Shawn Lemon.

The CFL suspended Lemon indefinitely Wednesday for betting on league games, including one in which he played.

Lemon, a three-time Grey Cup champion, retired April 10 to cap a career in Canada that spanned 13 seasons.

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The CFL said in a statement an investigation showed Lemon bet on CFL games in 2021 while with the Calgary Stampeders.

The league added there was no evidence to indicate games were impacted by his wagering and that no Calgary coaches, teammates or team personnel were aware of Lemons’ actions.

In a statement on Wednesday morning, the Calgary Stampeders said it is “surprised and disappointed” by the results of the CFL’s investigation.

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The team said it “unequivocally” supports the CFL’s policy on gambling while condemning Lemon’s actions.

“The Stampeders echo CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie’s comments about the upmost importance of preserving the integrity of the sport and the league,” the statement read.

–With files from Paula Tran, Global News.

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