Odell Willis arrives at Roughrider rookie camp

Facing DUI charge in Georgia he has done community service to get out of hearing in June
Reported by Joel Gasson
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The Saskatchewan Roughriders opened their 2012 rookie camp Thursday at the University of Regina but the biggest news was the arrival of a troubled veteran CFL player new to the Riders.

Defensive Lineman Odell Willis arrived on the field with little fanfare, but the 100 or so fans watching the workout sure took notice.

"I just want to apologize for bringing the extra distraction to the team, and to the organization, and apologize to the fans," said Willis.

"But everything is taken care of, I'm a Rider and I'm ready to rock and roll."

Willis was of course arrested in April for a suspected DUI in Georgia. He's since taken a course and done community service, so he won't have to appear at his next hearing in June.

"Just embarrassed, that I let down myself, my family, the organization," said Willis. "I didn't want to bring no distraction, no interruptions."

Willis also joked with the media that he probably won't be crossing the border into the United States any time soon.

Now, he just wants to put everything behind him and concentrate on football.

"I feel like I owe the organization and the fans a much needed well played season," said Willis. "If I'm going to get in trouble, and not do nothing what's the purpose of having me over here."

As for what he's gone through Willis feels he can use the experience to teach rookies how to conduct themselves as professional football players.

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