Riders Justin Cox charged after alleged domestic violence incident

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have released Justin Cox after he was charged with assault causing bodily harm stemming from an alleged incident of domestic violence.

According to Regina police, officers were dispatched last Sunday after receiving a complaint and found a 23-year-old woman with “injuries consistent with a physical assault.” After two days of investigation and after making a “number of attempts to contact and locate the suspect,” police say the 24-year-old Cox was taken into custody without incident.

Police says the investigation is continuing.

This is the third time Cox has been charged with domestic violence. While a senior at Mississippi State, Cox was arrested in January 2014 after an incident involving his then-girlfriend and charged with burglary and aggravated domestic violence. He pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of trespassing and was fined $600. The domestic violence charge was dismissed at the victim’s request.

Then in July 2015, while a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, he was charged with burglary, aggravated domestic assault and trespassing in Mississippi. The team released him the following day.

The Riders signed Cox in May of 2016 and he played in 15 games last season season, making 42 tackles and registering four interceptions while being named the team’s Most Outstanding Rookie. In December, the club signed Cox to a two-year contract extension. 

Saskatchewan announced the released Cox on Wednesday, shortly after news of his arrest became public, and included the following statement:

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.”

Cox apologized for his “actions and decisions” via Twiiter.

In statement, CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge said he has informed teams that he will refuse to register the contract if another club tries to sign Cox to a contract.

Riders general manager and head coach Chris Jones was asked about Cox’s background last July when reports surfaced that the team was interested in former NFL linebacker Greg Hardy, another player with a history of domestic abuse.

“Absolutely we look at it,” Jones told the CBC. “I have known some people who have known Justin Cox since high school and had a lot of thorough investigation done on his background.

“Quite honestly, you wouldn’t have a league if all the guys who had some type of past transgression in high school or junior college or college [weren’t allowed to play],” he said. “You wouldn’t have a CFL.”

The full police report:

Drew Edwards

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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26 Comments on Riders Justin Cox charged after alleged domestic violence incident

  1. The right move was made, sounds like he’s a dirt bag off the field. Too bad, as on the field he was very good.

  2. Hi Drew, no need to publish this, but I find the article hard to read with the grammatical/spelling errors. Not sure what is being said.

    • mrnehnehincognito // April 19, 2017 at 2:33 pm //

      So you don’t think this is a news worthy story?

    • What is being said LF is that the bushleague Rider organization, led by Chris Jones,has released a dirtbag player from their bushleague organization. As for Riders13, no other team in the league will touch this guy because they don’t have anybody like Chris Jones leading their organization.

      • Wow, you are quite the moron. I will have to follow some of your future comments to I can rip them to shreds. Assuming your football IQ is equal to the depth and intelligence of this comment.

        • mrnehnehincognito // April 19, 2017 at 3:39 pm //

          Rider fans are getting more visceral by the day. They must be facing the reality of the season about to occur

          • Who said I’m a Rider fan. Don’t have to be to see Larry O is an empty headed loud mouth. Just sayin.

        • mrnehnehincognito // April 19, 2017 at 5:50 pm //

          pretty sure you are a rider though. Aren’t you? Come on you can admit it. It’s not quite time to bring out the paper bags yet

      • Riders13 // April 19, 2017 at 4:06 pm //

        Hey Larry, I’m not really a Jones fan but to call the Rider organization bush league is pretty idiotic considering they’re the model CFL franchise. And believe me, Justin Cox will be back in the league again before the 2017 season is over…probably playing for whatever team you support.

        • Hey, Riders13, I’m just as disappointed as all Rider fans with the actions committed by Justin Cox. As mentioned below, I find it an extremely disappointing day with the aforementioned news. With that being said, Cox won’t likely ever wear a CFL uniform again with the rule conduct placed by the league — and rightly so. I can say the verbal and written action of former commissioner Orridge was a professional call thus ending the promising career of Justin Cox.

        • And further to a dumb comment of Rider organization as ‘bush league’ — Get a life!!! Makes me wonder what organization fans like that would cheer for.

        • mrnehnehincognito // April 19, 2017 at 5:51 pm //

          model franchise? Please explain.

        • LOL….Look Rider fan babies, your team is now officially “bush league”. It’s just time to accept it. How many violations and fines have they received since Corky Jones has been the head of football operations for the franchise?? What team went “way over” the salary cap in 2013 just to assure a home field Grey Cup win? What team got caught with 13 players on the field in the biggest game of the year? Now you know why you are “bush league”. Model CFL franchise…..LOL.

          • mrnehnehincognito // April 20, 2017 at 12:03 am //

            the riders have violated the salary cap multiple times since 2007 ,The only team that has this claim to fame

  3. Riders13 // April 19, 2017 at 2:01 pm //

    I agree that the right move was made by the Riders and cue the Rider haters for having had him on the roster in the 1st place. They should probably save their criticism for whatever team picks him up next though as he had too much talent on the football field and some team will give him yet another chance.

  4. mrnehnehincognito // April 19, 2017 at 2:32 pm //

    Sad when this happens but like usual the predictor of the future is the past. I did not realize he had such a checkered history. While I will not blame the riders for a personal choice made by an individual Jones does seem like he’s playing with fire when he tries to bring in the likes of Greg Hardy etc. I do give full points to Jones for releasing him.
    Fact is the stamps may very well have a starting all star corner this year that committed a crime but technically could not be charged so we should not throw stones.

  5. Dan Bombers // April 19, 2017 at 2:49 pm //

    A real winner , riders did the right thing releasing him

  6. Scottsask // April 19, 2017 at 3:40 pm //

    Million dollar potential and a two cent head…..what a damn shame. Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to reliving it. Strike 3, you done.

  7. Ladd Law // April 19, 2017 at 3:43 pm //

    Zero tolerance is too much tolerance. Glad they canned him. That is not character.

  8. Truly a sad day in Riderville. Justin Cox had so much potential, and to throw it away, I just shake my head. First year in the league, I can understand why Chris Jones signed him. Unfortunately, he didn’t take advantage of his God-given ability and opportunity to play pro football with a great organization, inside a new and world-class facility. I give Jones credit for doing the right thing and cutting Cox. I also give Jeffery Orridge credit and making a stand by not making Justin Cox available to any team in the CFL. A sad day, though, in Riderville.

  9. mrnehnehincognito // April 19, 2017 at 6:19 pm //

    “Quite honestly, you wouldn’t have a league if all the guys who had some type of past transgression in high school or junior college or college [weren’t allowed to play],” he said. “You wouldn’t have a CFL.”

    This comment is not only disturbing it’s down right offensive. This total disregard to the importance character in these young men when building a reputable football program is disgusting. This man is completely out of touch and uncaring of societies values.
    This is the first time I’ve seen these comments. Wow. Does anyone out there condone this?

    • Obviously, Jones was downplaying Justin Cox’s past when a question by a reporter was directed about the player during an earlier time. I would assume he was confident Cox would never physically assault another woman again — He was wrong. But he (Jones) did the right thing by releasing Cox immediately without league intervention when this incident became known. In addition, current league commissioner Jeffrey Orridge also did right by eliminating any opportunity of Cox surfacing anywhere else in the league. Should Orridge have not followed suit, the term ‘bushleague’ could have been referred to the CFL. Just a disappointing day for the Riders, and even the CFL, for losing a very promising player. Good call by both entities, Mr. Nehnehincognito — Let it go.

      • mrnehnehincognito // April 19, 2017 at 9:12 pm //

        “Just a disappointing day for the Riders”
        The Riders seem to have a lot of disappointing days.
        With all due respect Brent with your above comment it is you who is down playing the seriousness and festering problems going down in riderville.

  10. I don’t think Lord Grey donated his cup for the benefit of American ex-cons. I believe that Chris Jones and his peers should be told by the new commissioner that his “you wouldn’t have a league” attitude will not be tolerated. Americans have no God-given right to compete for the Grey Cup.

  11. Any man who hits a women is a cowered low life scumbag ..that’s you Justin Cox!

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