Former Blue DB takes aim at 'Peg

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

Ricky Bell doesn't always have the most amicable partings with his employer.

There was the time he wrote the words, "E. Tillman is a coward" in the snow here at Winnipeg Stadium, a shot at then-Renegades GM Eric Tillman, who'd shipped him to the Bombers.

That was back in 2002.

These days, Bell is peeved with the Bombers, who traded him to Montreal after he refused to report for the 2005 season due to a contract dispute.

His first salvo came when he first joined the Als in early October and promptly told Montreal reporters someone in the Winnipeg front office was "drunk with power."

Asked if he wanted to expand on those comments yesterday, he loaded both barrels, aiming them in the general direction of Bomber president Lyle Bauer, it would appear.

"To sum it up, it was a respect issue," Bell explained from Montreal. "It had a little to do with the money, but it was more respect. They were treating me like I was a guy who just showed up.

"I'm not one to call names. I'll put it this way. It was in the front office, at the highest levels. And there were people in the lower levels of the organization who are bad for team chemistry. And because they were either from Winnipeg or friends with people in high places in the front office, they felt like they could do or say or disrespect whomever they please.

"Nobody in the CFL has enough money to pay me for disrespect."

Apparently, though, Montreal has enough to keep him happy, for now: Bell has signed a new, three-year deal with Als GM Jim Popp.

"Mr. Popp pretty much made me a deal I couldn't refuse," Bell said. "His first offer was more than I was going to come at him with. I wish things would have turned out a little bit different in Winnipeg. But as it turns out, I did the best thing.

"Here, we think we're supposed to win. In Winnipeg the last few years we were rebuilding this and rebuilding that. Three years later, they're still talking about the same things."


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