Mosca to boycott Argos

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

Angelo Mosca and Joe Theismann are not big Ricky Williams fans, but the running back is developing quite a following in Toronto.

While the two ex-football stars have raised concerns about the Argos' signing of the running back -- Mosca said yesterday he will not watch the Argos play this season -- fans and companies are filling up the Williams bandwagon.

Argos president Keith Pelley said the team has been bombarded with endorsement requests from sponsors, including a yoga-wear company (Williams is experienced in yoga) and four car companies, which are interested in providing a vehicle for the suspended NFL star. In addition, the Argos are expecting a much-larger-than-usual pre-season crowd for a game tonight against against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at the Rogers Centre.

Mosca, however, will not be in attendance. Last month, the CFL Hall of Famer said he would take out a full-page ad in a Toronto newspaper urging fans to boycott Argos games if they signed Williams, who has been suspended by the NFL for 2006 for violating the substance-abuse policy for the fourth time.

WON'T GO TO EXTREME

The big ex-lineman has decided not to go to that extreme, but he said he will not attend or watch any Argos games this season, including their first three games of 2006 against his old team, the Ticats.

He said is anger is not directed at Williams or the Argos. Rather, he is disappointed in CFL commissioner Tom Wright for allowing a suspended player to enter the league.

"I have no axe to grind on Ricky Williams at all," Mosca said.

"Good luck to him wherever he goes and whatever he does. But the commissioner never took a stand. We should have never signed a player who is under suspension. We're becoming a dumping ground for all sorts of disoriented people."

Wright said earlier this week that the CFL plans to amend its agreement with the NFL for the start of next season, preventing suspended NFL players from playing in the CFL.


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