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?
— Scott Benson (@Scottbenson13) July 14, 2017
This is a grave injustice. #WhatAboutKaren
— Jack Baines (@JackBaines37) July 14, 2017
— 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.
— BG (@BGrant84) July 14, 2017
— 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
— Jim Toth (@JimTothSports) July 14, 2017
Now, some gifs:
— Keith Ambeau (@KeebAmb) July 14, 2017
— Tony Allen (@TonyRougeRadio) July 14, 2017
— 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
— Andrew Grose (@GroseAndrew) July 14, 2017
— Cody Sullivan (@cody_sully) July 14, 2017
— 🌦Myrone🌻 (@myroneeeee) July 14, 2017
— 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
— johnzo (@johnaegard) July 14, 2017
— Prestin Bergen (@BergenPrestin) July 14, 2017
— DJK (@JetBombs4Life) July 14, 2017
A bigger idea:
— 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
— Jeannine (@OttawaJay) July 14, 2017
— Shawn (@Riderprider19) July 14, 2017
— Drew Edwards (@scratchingpost) July 14, 2017