Team captain Andrew Ladd did not go to the team’s date with the Dallas Stars in Texas on Monday night.
Instead, Ladd spend the time with his wife, who had just given birth to his second child.
That didn’t sit well with former CFLer Troy Westwood, who tweeted, “Baby born last night. 2nd baby. Everyone is healthy. Are your freakin [sic] kidding me? Ridiculous he is not there.”
Twitter’s response was fast and furious with more than 100 people tweeting at Westwood and coming down on either side of the issue.
Westwood stuck to his guns, though, tweeting quips such as, “Baby born last night, healthy, no complications I assume. You as captain don't make game tonight in Dal with playoffs hanging by a thread?” and “the baby was born last night. Get on a plane this morning, take a 3 hour flight, the team needs you.”
Westwood also speculated team management would have wanted Ladd to play in the game.
“Behind closed doors any pro organization/management would hope the player made the decision to play the game,” he said in a tweet.
Ladd had played 233 consecutive games before missing Monday night’s game.
Westwood played in the CFL from 1991 until he was released by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2010.