O'Mahony battling emotions

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:16 AM ET

A B.C. newspaper is reporting that Winnipeg Blue Bombers punter/placekicker Duncan O'Mahony is "struggling with his emotions" after a turbulent 2005 season with the B.C. Lions.

The Abbotsford Times, quoting a close friend of O'Mahony's who asked to remain anonymous, reported yesterday that the kicker failed to report to Bomber camp last weekend -- sparking a three-day, nationwide hunt -- because he's still upset about getting cut by the Lions.

'TOOK A BADGERING'

"Dunc took a badgering last year," the friend told the Times. "(Fans and media) weren't very nice to him. The year before he got the Lions single-footedly to the Grey Cup final.

"I guess, 'What have you done for us lately?' is the best way to describe it. Being at a total high to a total low, it's bound to play on you mentally a little bit."

O'Mahony was travelling from Abbotsford to Winnipeg on May 19 when he disappeared during a layover in Calgary, abandoning his suitcases. His family and the Bombers asked the public for help, saying they feared for O'Mahony's well being.

The friend said O'Mahony left the airport and spent the weekend with some buddies in Calgary, unaware that a frantic search for him was underway.

O'Mahony had been missing for 68 hours when he finally called his family last Monday afternoon.

The Bombers haven't had any contact with O'Mahony since he resurfaced, and his agent, Ross Gurney, hasn't responded to repeated e-mails from the Sun.

O'Mahony remains Bomber property and is on the team's suspended list.

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