Argos controversial lineman more Mr. Happy than ogre

Defensive lineman Khalif Mitchell has a laugh at Argonauts practice Sunday. Mitchell comes to...

Defensive lineman Khalif Mitchell has a laugh at Argonauts practice Sunday. Mitchell comes to Toronto by way of the B.C. Lions, where he was not wanted — despite his ability — because of his attitude. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:33 PM ET

Somewhere between British Columbia and Toronto, Khalif Mitchell went from football ogre to Mr. Happy.

When you’re in the house that Pinball Clemons built, miracles like that can happen.

Tales of an angry young man, who bickered with teammates, alienated coaches and fans, fenced with the media, while flaunting the rules, have swirled around Mitchell throughout a sometimes brilliant four seasons in the CFL.

Mitchell is a lightning rod for controversy. Sunday, it was like he had just stepped out of Mr. Rogers’ neighbourhood.


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