Bombers' Willis facing charge

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:53 PM ET

A key member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defence is facing a charge in Georgia.

Defensive end Odell Willis, 25, has been charged with criminal trespassing after an incident in Carrollton, Ga., in March. The second-year Bomber was charged after a television was taken from an apartment but later returned.

The allegation has not been proven in court.

Willis has a court appearance upcoming, according to Bombers assistant GM Ross Hodgkinson, but the date is pending.

“I’m not concerned that he’s going to miss any more practice time,” Hodgkinson said Friday.

“This is a personal matter that, to our satisfaction, has been resolved.

“Whatever is forthcoming, whenever that is, is his private business and will be dealt with at his discretion.”

Willis missed three days of practice in late July when he returned to Georgia to turn himself into authorities.

He rejoined the team five days later in time for Winnipeg’s game against the Stampeders in Calgary.

“The judge permitted him to leave the country to continue to work,” Hodgkinson said.

Willis has been one of the top defensive performers for the 2-6 Bombers, and Hodgkinson noted that his showing against the Stampeders on July 31 — three tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and two pass knockdowns — was one of his best of the season.

“He had an effective game, and I was quite happy with the way he played the game given the circumstances,” Hodgkinson said. “He’s probably been one of our best players on defence.”


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