Argos Belli, Andrus kiss and make up?

Adriano Belli, right, jokes around with one of the Toronto Argonauts assistant coaches. (Michael...

Adriano Belli, right, jokes around with one of the Toronto Argonauts assistant coaches. (Michael Peake/SUN MEDIA)

MIKE GANTER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

TORONTO -- Adriano Belli is no angel.

Sure, he's been known to render the odd sportswriter speechless when he greets them with a kiss, but that's the off-field Belli.

On the field, Belli is single-minded: Get to the quarterback regardless of what is in your way. It doesn't make him many friends on the opposing offensive lines, but he makes no apologies for it.

If it means getting down and dirty, he's game for that, too.

"I'm not a gifted athlete," Belli said yesterday. "I get by on effort."

So when he was called out by his head coach after last weekend's game for taking things a little too far, no one was really surprised.

Two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties by the popular defensive end were not the only infractions that caught head coach Bart Andrus' attention -- there were other infractions committed by other Argos that left Andrus unhappy with his team's level of discipline -- but they were enough to get Belli singled out in the post-game dissection of the loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

In no uncertain terms, Andrus suggested Belli clean up his act or he would be playing for someone else.

But to hear the head coach yesterday, things have been handled, and he doesn't expect Belli's temper to be a problem.

Exactly what measures were taken, Andrus wasn't willing to say.

Andrus admitted the league is still looking at a few infractions and may yet wind up levying fines on the Argos, but as far as he is concerned, the matter has been dealt with.

"He's a repeat offender, and he knows he's a recovering offender," Andrus said of Belli. "He knows he has a problem with his temper, and he's trying to work through it. He's on board. He likes it here and likes everything about being here, and he wants to be here. He's taking the steps he needs to take to try and control it.

"Does that mean he won't ever get another penalty? Probably not because these guys play in a contact, collision sport -- those things are going to rear their ugly head once in a while. I think he will be a lot more hesitant when it comes to retaliation-type things."

As unhappy as he was with the penalties, he only had to take a look at Belli's leg, which is covered in extensive bruising, to realize the big man didn't lose his head over nothing. Belli would only say one of the Roughriders stepped on his leg intentionally. He would not name him nor explain whether one or both of the penalties were in retaliation over the stomping,.

Guys don't get under my skin," Belli said. "I just get intense out there. After the game, I think they (offensive lineman) are all cute-looking fat guys."

MIKE.GANTER@SUNMEDIA.CA


Videos

Photos