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Strange ... but True

Tuesday, July 23, 2002

By Rob Rossi, Post-Gazette Sports Writer

Football players generally are well-behaved ... on the field. Off the field, it's a totally different story -- such as this one out of Winnipeg, Manitoba ...

Arland Bruce III and Troy Mills, two proud and true CFL studs, were in a hospital emergency room this weekend after being attacked by a crowd of 10 to 20 people outside a Winnipeg bar.

Bruce, a wide receiver who leads Winnipeg Blue Bombers in touchdowns, did not travel with the team to Toronto last night because of a deep gash to his temple. He is expected to miss today's game against the Toronto Argonauts, team officials said.

Police are confirming little about the attack and the players are reluctant to press charges. In fact, police involvement ended with the original complaint.

According to the team, the attack occurred late Saturday night when four players left a downtown nightclub together and were confronted by a crowd. Bruce was hit in the head with a rock or brick, and Mills was slammed down against a curb.

Neither Bruce nor Mills was able to participate in a practice session Sunday.


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