Hebert saga has a life of its own

TED WYMAN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 1:31 PM ET

It's official, Kyries Hebert has passed Onterrio Smith as the most talked about player never to suit up with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

He's like the teenage boy's girlfriend that nobody has ever met. We think he exists, but how can we be sure?

The Hebert saga has featured twist after twist and seems no closer to an ending than it did three months ago.

After many moons of wrangling, the Bombers and Hebert's camp finally came to an agreement recently on a contract which will allow the player to take a shot at the NFL after a couple of seasons in Winnipeg.

The linebacker was holding out for a shorter deal -- something like zero years preferably -- after the Bombers plucked him off waivers from the now-defunct Ottawa Renegades.

After the agreement was finally reached, Hebert headed north and was immediately blocked at the Canadian border because of guilty pleas to misdemeanour charges for an attack on his wife.

Everyone in the CFL knew about Hebert's legal troubles and that's why nobody picked him in the Renegades dispersal draft.

So you have to wonder how it is, that through all those months of haggling, nobody was able to make sure it would be possible for Hebert to get across the border.

The Bombers were told to butt out of the interview process and therefore there was no one there to meet Hebert, no immigration lawyer available to him on site and no one informed him he would need a letter from his wife saying she was OK with him leaving the United States.

You would think the Bombers should have been better prepared, but GM Brendan Taman said all the paperwork was in order and it was more a matter of Hebert running into the immigration official.

"We spent three days preparing for it," Taman said. "You can never control the discretion of an individual."

When it comes to this crazy story, the only thing you can count on is yet another twist.

Stay tuned.

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