The Saskatchewan Roughriders have released defensive back Justin Cox (pictured) for an alleged incident of domestic violence.
Regina police say the 24-year-old Cox was charged with assault causing bodily harm "as the result of an investigation into an allegation of intimate partner violence." Police allege a 23-year-old Regina woman sustained apparent injuries consistent with a physical assault reported Sunday. Cox was taken into custody without incident on Tuesday, police said. C-F-L commissioner Jeffrey Orridge said in a statement that he will block any attempt by a CFL team to sign Cox. Cox was released by the N-F-L's Kansas City Chiefs in 2015 after being arrested and charged with domestic violence twice in less than a year. The former Mississippi State player had signed a two-year extension with the Green and White in December after he recorded 42 defensive tackles and four interceptions in 15 games last year, en route to being named the Riders' most outstanding rookie. Following is the news release from the Riders...
SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS STATEMENT
The Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club have released Justin Cox after being informed of an incident involving domestic violence.
In keeping with the provisions of the Canadian Football League’s Policy on Violence Against Women, appropriate outreaches are being made to local police, support and counselling organizations. The league policy expressly states that “the CFL condemns violence against women in all its forms.”
Due to the nature of the legal process the Saskatchewan Roughriders will not comment further.