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After tracking Ricky Williams for the better part of a month, Toronto Sun reporter Perry Lefko was finally granted an exclusive interview with the player by his agent, Leigh Steinberg.
Lefko asked Williams about a variety of subjects, which he answered willingly and candidly.
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Argo head coach Pinball Clemons, who is like Williams in his spirituality, gave him a hearty endorsement.
"Anybody who makes it to this level has the ability to turn opposition into opportunity," he said. "What I think we'll witness in this circumstance is that our fans will turn into fanatics. Everybody won't be in support, it's just the nature of life. But with Ricky Williams, I think he'll turn the cons into converts, no pun intended."
"Skepticism in itself has been born in the skeptic," he said. "If you take a positive person, they won't have the ability to be skeptical."
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"When people talk about drugs, they assume people take drugs because they enjoy it," the 29-year-old running back said. "But really, it's no different from overeating, or watching too much television, or drinking too much. You take drugs to make yourself feel better, to fill a hole."
Has he filled that hole?
"Most definitely," he said. "That hole comes from not understanding yourself, from not having a purpose in life."
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Under the current CFL/NFL agreement, neither league recognizes suspensions in the other loop.