Lions release Davis following drug sting

B.C. Lions running back, Yonus Davis runs with the ball during 1st half  here at Ivor Wynne Stadium...

B.C. Lions running back, Yonus Davis runs with the ball during 1st half here at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton ON against the Hamilton Ti-Cats Nov. 6, 2010. (Mark O'Neill/QMI Agency)

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Yonus Davis' days with the B.C. Lions are over.

The CFL club released the running back/kick returner Tuesday, two weeks after he was arrested during a drug sting in California.

The Oakland native was charged with possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute, after the alleged discovery of 27 kilograms of ecstasy tablets.

If convicted, Davis faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $1-million fine.

"Regardless of the talent a player brings to the field, we must be conscious of their effect on our league, our organization and our community away from the game," Lions coach Wally Buono said. "I am disappointed that we have been put in a position to make this decision, but it is the only path for the club to follow moving forward."

Davis, 26, appeared in 14 games as a rookie last season, rushing for 213 rushing yards and three touchdowns. He had 64 punt returns for 761 yards and two touchdowns.

Davis was the West Division finalist for the CFL's outstanding special teams player, losing out to Toronto's Chad Owens for the league award.


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