Blink able to dodge media

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:09 AM ET

First he missed practice.

Then he got caught with his pants down.

It's been a rough week for Charles Roberts -- and it's only Wednesday.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Jim Daley ordered the enigmatic running back to the sideline late in yesterday's practice because his sweat pants kept falling down.

Too big of pants

"Either he's lost a lot of weight or he's wearing too big of pants, because he can't run," Daley said, who shook his head but wasn't amused one bit. "So he'll tape 'em up -- I'll tape 'em up -- but he ain't going out to practise with his pants at his knees.

"He can't run the play, so it's not complex. Get the right clothing. Practise. Period."

Roberts was already in hot water for missing Monday's practice, which was the Bombers' first workout since their 20-13 loss to Hamilton on Oct. 8. Daley said Roberts' absence wasn't his fault -- a late departure out of Sacramento, Calif., forced him to miss a connecting flight in Denver -- but that doesn't matter.

"He got to the gate when it was just closing," Daley said.

"That's the circumstances. It doesn't matter whose fault it is; he wasn't at practice.

"We handled it and it's on to Edmonton."

It's believed Roberts received a $75 fine that will go towards the team's "chicken fund."

Roberts, who is a shoo-in to be voted the team's most outstanding player this season, was at his very best in eluding the media.

He skipped a locker-room appearance and went straight from meeting to the parking lot, but he was met at the front door by a reporter. He said he was going to talk to someone on the business side of the building and that he would return to the locker-room to face the press.

Not surprisingly, he never showed.

Daley isn't worried about Roberts' focus going into the biggest game of the year. He just wants him to keep his pants on.

"He's only a little guy," Daley said. "He should wear smaller sizes."


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