Fans want answers after the debacle that occurred during a CFL game at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg on Thursday.
Karen Kuldys, a contestant in Safeway’s ‘Touchdown to Win’ contest during a game between the Toronto Argonauts and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, was robbed of a million dollars.
In order to win the prize, two kickoff returns for touchdowns needed to occur. The first one happened on the opening play of the game. The second occurred during the second quarter.
Except it didn’t.
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An official threw a flag just as Martese Jackson was crossing the goal line. A penalty was called to Toronto’s Llevi Noel for an illegal block, negating the touchdown.
But it was the wrong call.
A Winnipeg player fell in front of Noel, who did nothing wrong. Furthermore, the fall had no effect on the scoring play, as they were several yards behind the ball carrier.
Fans, as you can imagine, are PISSED.
They want justice for Karen, a Winnipeg grandmother. #WhatAboutKaren began trending on Twitter after TSN analyst Milt Stegall asked the question at halftime.
Karen Kuldys was in good spirits after missing out on the $1 million prize during the Bombers game but she said "it was an unfair call." pic.twitter.com/4qmHl8JRnt
— Josh Crabb (@JoshRCrabb) July 14, 2017
Bad calls happen in sports, everyone knows this. But still.
What about Karen?
I watched Karen get robbed tonight #WhatAboutKaren #milliondollarflag
— Scott Benson (@Scottbenson13) July 14, 2017
This is a grave injustice. #WhatAboutKaren
— Jack Baines (@JackBaines37) July 14, 2017
Can we get #WhatAboutKaren trending? @MiltStegallTSN @CFLonTSN
— Rouge Radio Podcast (@RougeRadio) July 14, 2017
YES WE CAN.
#WhatAboutKaren is the #1 trending topic in Canada :O
— Avry's Sports Show (@Avry) July 14, 2017
YES WE DID.
I love the @CFL…but #WhatAboutKaren
— BG (@BGrant84) July 14, 2017
End of the third quarter.#Bombers – 27#Argos – 25
Karen – 0 🙁#WhatAboutKaren #JusticeForKaren #CFL
— Blue Bomber Talk (@BlueBomberTalk) July 14, 2017
We liked it better when Karen was a Millionaire. #WhatAboutKaren
— The OARS (@TheArgosOARS) July 14, 2017
Yes we did.
Karen told me she is up past her bedtime. Has to be up at 4:30am each morning to head to work at A&W. #WhatAboutKaren
— Caroline Cameron (@SNCaroline) July 14, 2017
#WhatAboutKaren tells @jenniferhedger @dutchysc she would have used $1 Mil to have her daughter not return to work & stay with her year-old!
— Jim Toth (@JimTothSports) July 14, 2017
Now, some gifs:
#WhatAboutKaren Poor Karen. That ref should give her his wages for the royal screw job! pic.twitter.com/a8eYxSWSlZ
— Keith Ambeau (@KeebAmb) July 14, 2017
Karen's Safeway robbery was worse than that time Charlie Brown got selected for 'Wendy's Kick For A Million" #WhatAboutKaren #CFL pic.twitter.com/PAULHonHy7
— Tony Allen (@TonyRougeRadio) July 14, 2017
This is the worst thing to happen to Karen Kuldys since Paul O'Neil failed to hit two home runs for her. #WhatAboutKaren pic.twitter.com/yxPaAOqwoT
— Elias Makos (@eliasmakos) July 14, 2017
Poor Karen… usually to lose that kind of money in the CFL you need to buy the Argos #WhatAboutKaren
— Jock Cartier (@JockCartier) July 14, 2017
…and to think I was pissed when the cat stole my winning Tim Horton's free coffee rim. #WhatAboutKaren #CFL
— Andrew Grose (@GroseAndrew) July 14, 2017
Can someone please make a Michael Jordan #WhatAboutKaren meme? @CFL
— Cody Sullivan (@cody_sully) July 14, 2017
— 🌦Myrone🌻 (@myroneeeee) July 14, 2017
Safeway executives right now #WhatAboutKaren pic.twitter.com/JAJkTVAlOO
— Robert Fraser (@robneddie1974) July 14, 2017
Watched my 1st full cfl game in decades tonight, won't watch again till cfl and safe way make it right #WhatAboutKaren
— murray james moon (@wowimaui) July 14, 2017
Safeway, @CFL — make it right! #WhatAboutKaren
— johnzo (@johnaegard) July 14, 2017
As I lie awake, thinking about the 💔 Karen has gone through, makes me think what she's done to deserve this. #WhataboutKaren #CFL :/ #PayHer
— Prestin Bergen (@BergenPrestin) July 14, 2017
Your refs cost #KarenKuldys $1,000,000, how's about sending her to the grey cup for some positive PR? #WhatAboutKaren
— DJK (@JetBombs4Life) July 14, 2017
A bigger idea:
Karen better be getting some high end Grey Cup package for the next 10 years from the @CFL @TSN #WhatAboutKaren
— J Ly (@casinojay1725) July 14, 2017
You have to feel terrible for Karen. Safeway or TSN need to make this right. #WhatAboutKaren
— OkOkBluejays (@OkOkBluejays) July 14, 2017
Anyone else wonder if Sobey's & Superstore are watching this game & wondering how they can use this to their advantage? #cfl #WhatAboutKaren
— Jeannine (@OttawaJay) July 14, 2017
Now I'm hoping an @saveonfoods just pulls up to Karen's house in one of there vans and dumps a bag of money on her step 😂 #WhatAboutKaren pic.twitter.com/vCmSsgfJBJ
— Shawn (@Riderprider19) July 14, 2017
I had high expectations for Twitter in the wake of #WhatAboutKaren. I'm not disappointed. Unlike Karen. #CFL
— Drew Edwards (@scratchingpost) July 14, 2017