|No. -- Free Agent|
Khalif Mitchell at the 49ers Family Day 2009
|Date of birth||April 7, 1985|
|Place of birth||Virginia Beach, Virginia|
|Height||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)|
|Weight||316 lb (143 kg)|
|San Francisco 49ers*
|*Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|CFL All-Star||2011, 2013|
|CFL East All-Star||2013|
|CFL West All-Star||2011|
|Awards||Honorable Mention, All-Conference USA|
Khalif Quadree Mitchell (born April 7, 1985) is a professional Canadian football and American Football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He has also been a member of the B.C.Lions, Toronto Argonauts and San Francisco 49ers. He was signed by the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and released in 2010.
San Francisco 49ers
Mitchell was signed by the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League on September 21, 2010. He was added to the team's 46-man playing roster as a nose tackle, and activated to the team's 42-man game day roster against the Calgary Stampeders for September 25. With limited playing time in the 2010 CFL season Mitchell only recorded 6 tackles. In Mitchell's second year in the league he earned 2011 CFL All-Star honors with 33 tackles and 6 sacks. He re-signed with the BC Lions on January 16, 2012.
Mitchell was suspended by the CFL on July 23, 2012, for two games without pay after he violently hyperextended the arm of Edmonton Eskimos offensive lineman Simeon Rottier. After another game, the league also fined him an unspecified amount for making a number of throat-slashing gestures.
Mitchell caused a controversy for what were understood as racist remarks offensive to people of Chinese descent that he made on Twitter regarding the 2012 US Presidential election debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Michell was suspended for one game for his remarks, and fined an undisclosed amount of money. His problems started when he tweeted "My Teamate said who I think Won the debate. I said the American Ppl. Cause if they watched carefully BOTH OF THEM Hide Money with the Chinks". He later explained "So I Never knew "Chink" was racist. I def. meant no harm. I was referring to Obama & Romney putting their personal trust in Chinese Banks.".
On April 2, 2013, the BC Lions traded Mitchell to the Toronto Argonauts for defensive end Adrian Awasom and the rights to an unnamed negotiation list player. Not long after the trade Mitchell began voicing his displeasure with being traded to Toronto. He announced that he would not be attending the Argonauts training camp scheduled to begin on June 1, 2013. Mitchell wanted to be traded to Calgary or Edmonton, or have the trade between the Lions and Argos reversed and have the Lions release him. His future with the Argos was surrounded in uncertainty.
Mitchell changed his mind and was present for mandatory training camp at the start of June 2013. TSN sports reporter Farhan Lalji reported that Mitchell agreed to play the 2013 season with the Argos, under the condition that he be released following the season to pursue employment in the NFL.
Mitchell for the season played in 16 games, recording 32 tackles, five sacks (team high for the season) and one fumble recovery. He was named a CFL East All-Star and a CFL All-Star. On March 10, 2014, Mitchell was released by the Argos.
BC Lions (II)
Despite rumors Mitchell would sign with an NFL franchise for the 2014 season, Mitchell signed a contract with the BC Lions of the CFL on May 6, 2014. Mitchell did not have a significant impact on the Lions defense during the 2014 season. He finished the season with only 9 tackles and 1 sack. Following the season he was not re-signed by the Lions, and became a free-agent on February 10, 2015.
On May 13, 2015, between mini-camp and training camp, Mitchell re-tweeted a holocaust denial video on his Twitter account. The following day Mitchell was fined for this by the Montreal Alouettes (the “maximum allowable” fine) and Canadian Football League (an undisclosed amount). He later apologized for his actions.
On June 19, 2015 Mitchell was released by the Alouettes.
- "CFL veteran Khalif Mitchell fined for promoting Holocaust denial on Twitter". The Guardian.
- "404". TSN.
- "B.C. Lions lineman suspended two games for hyperextending opponent’s arm". The Globe and Mail.
- "Khalif Mitchell returns to B.C. Lions". cbc.ca. 6 May 2014.
- "Lions' Khalif Mitchell fined, will sit out due to offensive tweet". cbc.ca. 17 October 2012.
- "B.C. Lionsâ Khalif Mitchell fined by CFL, benched for Eskimos game after âunacceptableâ racial Twitter comments (with video)". www.vancouversun.com.
- "CFL, Alouettes levy fines against Khalif Mitchell over tweets". thestar.com. 14 May 2015.
- Traded to Toronto
- Displeasure with trade
- "Khalif Mitchell fills need for Argonauts at training camp". cbc.ca. 2 June 2013.
- "404". TSN.
- "404". TSN.
- "Alouettes sign free agent DT Mitchell". TSN. TSN.ca Staff.
- "CFL, Als fine Mitchell for offensive tweets". TSN. TSN.ca Staff.
- "Canadian football player fined for anti-Semitic tweets". njjewishnews.com.
- BC Lions bio Archive copy at the Wayback Machine
- San Francisco 49ers bio
- East Carolina Pirates football bio