Toronto quarterback Damon Allen is likely embarrassed to be a member of the Argonauts after listening to Joe Theismann’s diatribe on new teammate Ricky Williams. Theismann, a former Argonauts QB, is upset that Toronto would sign a “drug addict” like Williams.
Although it was cool when Toronto wanted to sign a 5-foot-10 midget from Notre Dame in 1971 because he couldn't compete with Bob Griese. Theismann did what most hippies did in the 1970s and avoided the draft by going to Canada after the Dolphins selected him in the fourth round.
Or maybe a lot of this stems from Theismann’s own self-loathing over the fact that his own son is serving a ten-year suspended sentence for cocaine possession.
“This is a feeble excuse for the Toronto Argonauts to sell tickets and I am embarrassed to have worn that A on my helmet,” Theismann told The Fan 590, a Toronto all-sports radio station. “To think they would stoop to this level to sell tickets, to bring someone in who is not worthy of playing professional football.
“He has insulted professional football players, he has insulted the game of professional football. He has been suspended by the National Football League, he doesn't want to play.”
It’s kind of funny coming from a guy who changed the pronunciation of his name to rhyme with Heisman when he was a college quarterback at Notre Dame. (His name was once pronounced THEEZ-man.) This coming from a guy who left his wife for his girlfriend and then—when he left his girlfriend-had the audacity to lecture her on “honor.”
Williams, as you can imagine, was able to shrug off the comments. Because, let’s face it, what credibility does Theismann really have anyway? Does anybody take this guy seriously? Williams didn’t.
“Every time he says something, this is what happens: He says a remark about me that's offensive, then when he has to do one of our games he comes and apologizes and says, ‘I'm sorry.'
“So, I'm sure next year when he's doing a game he'll come up to me and say, ‘I'm sorry,' and it will be the same thing over again. It will probably be next year when I go back to Miami and he's doing a game with ESPN.”
Theismann sure does have a propensity for being smacked down by “drug addicts.”