Without a job, ex-Rider Justin Cox wants quick trial on domestic violence charge

A former CFL Saskatchewan Roughrider player is looking to deal with a domestic violence charge quickly.

On April 18, Justin Cox was charged with assault causing bodily harm after police were called to a Regina home.

Police said a 23-year-old woman was found with injuries consistent with a physical attack.

Cox pleaded not guilty Thursday and his trial was set for May 29.

Cox wasn’t in court, but his lawyer, who made the plea on Cox’s behalf, says they want to deal with the matter quickly as he is currently “without employment.”

The Riders released Cox when the assault charge became public and the CFL also said he would no longer be allowed to play with any team in the league.

– CP


43 Comments on Without a job, ex-Rider Justin Cox wants quick trial on domestic violence charge

  1. SaskWatch // May 11, 2017 at 4:24 pm //

    Sure, why not dredge up the Cox controversy.

    This site is unbelievable.

  2. mrnehnehincognito // May 11, 2017 at 4:50 pm //

    I take it this mean Jones is going to try and resign him regardless if he comes out of it with a lesser or no charge?

    • Ladd Law // May 11, 2017 at 5:12 pm //

      If that’s how you take it, then you lack basic reading skills. The guy is done as a Rider and in the league. Nothing to do with Jones at this point.

  3. Peter Johnson // May 11, 2017 at 5:10 pm //

    This site does have some great football content, but there is an interesting group of individuals running this site that really, really enjoy the suffering, pain, misfortune of others. They consistently focus on the negative. I have met some of them, they are not happy people. And judging by some of the comments, the same type of people are certainly part of the group that follows this site.

    Jones makes a great signing, they report on someone who got cut. Riders win a game, they report on a past loss. Any mistake, or loss, or legal transgression by anyone related to the Riders results in them calling for firings. I wish they would hold themselves and their own failings to the same standard.
    We all have a choice to take the world as it is and make it better or wallow in negativity.

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 11, 2017 at 5:20 pm //

      Hi Peter
      What great signing did Jones just have? Edem was traded for but must renegotiate contarct

    • just like to point out that the article is signed the 3 down staff. So probably an intern or one of the main guys simply reposting an article without offering any editorial comment. I’m guessing a google news alert for CFL popped up and they thought some of the readers of the site would like to know what is happening with his case.

      Also, you will notice that the article is signed off with CP. Since none of the staff have the initials CP I’m assuming this is from the Canadian Press which is a news wire service. The unhappy people running this site had nothing to do with the actual article. If that is incorrect, 3 down can correct me.

    • Good comment. I try to find the ‘good’ out of every negative reporting that is spewed on this website, especially on the Green and White. I give 3downnation some credit, though, that they cover ‘Canadian’ football much more thoroughly than do our Canadian sports networks — TSN and especially the NFL ‘junkie’, Sportsnet. And I use the term ‘junkie’ loosely as a voice of sarcasm towards the so-called ‘Canadian’ sports network, Sportsnet.

    • Peter, I am with you all the way on this and some of the writers even have a real hate on for the Riders and show no professionalism when flinging out articles to bash. I only visit here when I run out of stories to read on TSN or CFL.ca in the off season. When games are played I have never even hit this website.

  4. Rick cowan // May 11, 2017 at 5:12 pm //

    Stampland you no everything ha

  5. RiderPrider // May 11, 2017 at 5:49 pm //

    First off, I would like to say that I fully agree with the CFL’s stance on domestic violence, as well as any other violent/dangerous crimes. They should not be tolerated and if players commit them they should be cut and banned from the league. Of that, we are in agreement 100%.

    But to play Devil’s Advocate here…what ever happened to the concept of being innocent until proven guilty? Yes, I am a Rider fan and no, I am not referring to Justin Cox specifically…but it is a good example to use in this case. I already mentioned my stance on crimes such as these.

    Just imagine a world where Justin Cox’s trial finds him not guilty. If that happens, this man has been stripped of his livelihood, earnings, and perhaps also future livelihood and earnings based on an accusations that have proven to be unfounded.

    Section 11(d) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states:
    “Any person charged with an offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law in a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal”.

    When someone is charged with a crime, a formal allegation (a statement not yet proven) has been made. But for that to be proven, a conviction needs to be made.

    I want to reiterate that I agree with the CFL’s stance on domestic violence and believe that those convicted of such crimes should be cut and banned from playing again. But based on the definitions, it appears as though the CFL may be violating section 11(d) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. They are presuming that Justin Cox is guilty, when he has not been convicted of the accused crime yet.

    What kind of precedence does this set and what does it mean for the future of the league?

    • RiderPrider // May 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm //

      I would like to relate this to a case where Patrick Kane was accused of rape a few years back. I think we can all agree that this type of crime would fit in with the group where, if a player commits it, he should be immediately cut and banned from every participating in the league again in any manner.

      But what happened when those charges came up? Patrick Kane was not cut. Patrick Kane was not banned from the NHL. The league and the team allowed the investigation to proceed with its due course. I am confident had Kane been convicted of rape the Blackhawks surely would have cut him and the NHL (hopefully) would have banned him from ever playing again.

      However, the charges were dropped as the prosecutors cited a lack of credible evidence, and determined they would not be able to prove his guilt.

      I am not making a stance on his case in any way. I just want to direct attention to the fact that a player was accused of a disguisting crime, but the league and team decided to follow the “innocent until proven guilty” mentality, and in this case, it turned out the accused was found innocent.

      If Patrick Kane had been handled the way CFL handles these cases, and been released and banned from the NHL, his career would have been destroyed, and his livelihood would have been significantly compromised. Is that fair?

      It’s all well and good that the CFL is trying to hold their players to a higher standard, but at what cost? Violating players’ fundamental rights based on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms?

      • mrnehnehincognito // May 11, 2017 at 6:42 pm //

        Its not as complex as that Prider. The CFL wants an certain image and standard for their league regardless of what our government might legislate. I for one like it.
        Sounds like you want him back

        • RiderPrider // May 11, 2017 at 6:47 pm //

          I thought I already covered that in saying that I agree any players convicted of serious crimes such as domestic violence should be immediately cut and banned from any future re-entry to the league.

          I was more concerned with hearing what people thought about the “innocent until proven guilty” vs. “guilty until proven innocent”

          • mrnehnehincognito // May 11, 2017 at 7:02 pm //

            Of course innocent until proven guilty is essential to out democracy. Consider though this was not Mr Cox first incident and unless you are able to hide behind the bureaucracy of a public union any company can fire you for similar reasons. Absolutely Mr Cox deserves a fair trial and due process but that in no way obligates the CFL or the Riders to keep him employed if he’s found not guilty

        • RiderPrider // May 11, 2017 at 6:55 pm //

          I just want a good debate. I mean, looking at it that way, what’s to stop some fan from bumping into say…BLM at a club after a game, making sure to snap a few pics with him before leaving. After they leave said fan purposely injures himself/herself and then reports to police that BLM assaulted him/her. The injuries are consistent with assault, even though the accusations are 100% false and fabricated. The police see the pictures, see the injuries, and file charges. Now BLM is cut and banned from the CFL, for something that never happened.

          Now I am not saying that’s what happened in this case. Especially considering Cox’s prior record I think most people would lean to the side that Cox is most likely guilty in this case. All I’m saying is that if the CFL adopts a policy of “assumed guilty until proven innocent” it opens up a huge can of worms and the potential for false accusations like the scenario I just thought of.

          If you think the only thing between you and a Grey Cup is one player, who’s to say an organization doesn’t pay someone off to make a false accusation and get a player removed from the league for a year before they are re-instated from the charges being proven to be fabricated? Maybe you wouldn’t do it. Maybe I wouldn’t do it. But maybe somebody would.

          I personally stand on the side of innocent until proven guilty. For everybody from every team.

          • mrnehnehincognito // May 11, 2017 at 7:10 pm //

            You are confusing two different things; a police investigation VS being charged with a crime and indited.
            If that did happen to BLM than an investigation would occur. In all likley hood other witnesses or inconsistencies in the women’s story etc etc would cause the investigators not proceed with charges.
            In the cause of Cox investigators decided the events were consistent with assault and charges laid.

          • mrnehnehincognito // May 11, 2017 at 7:21 pm //

            In that scenario its far fetched to think BLM would ever be charged. But if he was and a trial cleared him the league would probably look into reinstating him. If not than a great injustice was done to him. Again though its probably far fetched.

          • RiderPrider // May 12, 2017 at 11:03 am //

            I stand corrected on the Kane scenario then. I guess it’s not as good of a comparison as I originally thought.

            I agree with you. I just think there are pros and cons to every scenario. I think the CFL is opening themselves up to things like this if they go with the “Guilty before proven innocent” mindset.

      • mrnehnehincognito // May 11, 2017 at 7:14 pm //

        FYI Patrick Kane was never charged. Investigation determined not sufficient evidence existed to charge him. In Cox case there was enough evidence and he was charged

        • Ladd Law // May 13, 2017 at 12:06 pm //

          I think you need to re-read the facts – Kane settled out of court, thus no charge, but it did cost him . . . only money though.

    • brian johnson // May 12, 2017 at 11:04 am //

      Convicted or not. Female phones in she needs help.
      Police review seen. Take statements from both.
      Observing that someone was assaulted and injured, they make decision to lay charges that have a high probably of a conviction.Having previous assault charges in the US is on file for Cox, all players require a criminal back ground check for CFL. On signing a contract certain conditions must be met or contract is void. Approved by Player association. CFL actually could find themselves in hot water if they had not moved to take action.
      McDonald’s is hiring

  6. Well you can’t have it both ways. Rider supporters, even media, were crowing about how much interest Vince Young was drawing to the CFL from down south but I guess if it’s negative at times then poor us – why is everyone picking on us. When Jones was in Edmonton he was the story. 2015 was more about the Esks & Stamps outside Regina. Jones jumping ship on the GC champs made it all about him again. If you haven’t noticed 90%of the attention on the Riders is about Jones. Does anyone really think everyone cares about a last place club. What makes it interesting is Jones apparently can make them a winner. You can’t blame anyone for not seeing it our way. The bloom is off the rose & until he actually wins he is fair game.

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 11, 2017 at 6:04 pm //

      Well said EW
      Jones has created this all himself. It’s time for him to put up or shut up but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before he does or says something that will grab the headlines. The man is a selfish clown. Does anyone notice every single press conference he has he’s wearing all his Grey Cop rings?

      • Ladd Law // May 13, 2017 at 12:08 pm //

        Oh how we all wish we could put you and Jones in the same room together, and you can share your feelings with him in face to face. I am sure your keyboard warrior attitude would tuck tail and cower in the corner.

        • mrnehnehincognito // May 13, 2017 at 5:36 pm //

          Yeah .. I’d be scared he’s such an intimidating looking guy. Maybe we should have a beer one night Ladd Law.

  7. Why would anyone complain about too many posts on their team’s website? If we send Jones packing the next team will get the publicity & ouside of us Rider followers most posters will move on. What does Riderville think is so interesting about a last place club? Lots of people want to see him self-destruct, even in Riderville. Jones’ massive ego makes him an easy target. I haven’t noticed the rings, Stampland. Priceless.

  8. Solara2000 // May 11, 2017 at 6:30 pm //

    WOW! I guess I missed the whole point of the story – thought it was simply a filler picked up from CP’s newswire.

  9. The way the justice system favors the accused vs the victim in the Canadian legal system it should not take Cox long to get a reduced verdict and be on his way.

  10. Uncle Nik // May 12, 2017 at 11:10 am //

    Talk about a shot in the dark with Dickenson from the stamps. I read an article on CFL.ca where he says he is “hoping” for a healthy OLine in 2017. HOPING?? Hoping is his game plan???? Lets see how that goes hey Craig. Hoping is a real nice coaching tactic, did he learn that from Huff?? ha ha that is soooooo funny.

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 12, 2017 at 3:30 pm //

      LOL Well speaking for all Stamps fans I too am “HOPING” the stamps o-line can stay healthy.
      As I’m sure Chris Jones and all Rider fans are “HOPING” Vince Young turns into the next Doug Flutie

  11. Heard a rumour the other day that Huff was considering an opportunity of bringing Cox into camp pending on the trial. Probably just a rumour.

  12. Scottsask // May 12, 2017 at 8:41 pm //

    That’s gotta be fake news.

  13. Rider fans are hilarious. They slam the site with comments criticizing the 3 Down Nation and the editorial staff,but meanwhile they’ve made this click bait story the most popular thing on 3downnation

  14. Rick cowan // May 13, 2017 at 10:45 am //

    Well Stampland if the cfl wants a certain imagine than why is Tommie Campbell still playing for Stamps I guess you can deal drugs and still play for the Stamps because they don’t do anything wrong

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 13, 2017 at 12:14 pm //

      All charges were dropped. He wasn’t and never has been convicted. Besides these are 2 different things Domestic violence vs selling illegal drugs. The league is presently targeting DV if they want to target other crimes than maybe there’s a small argument to be made. Again charges dropped.

      • Funny though, as 3downnation reported, Tommie Campbell was seen running from (I believe) his mother’s house with a bag of drugs when he was apprehended by police. Sound’s pretty fishy to me and I’m certain most other readers as well.

        • mrnehnehincognito // May 13, 2017 at 5:34 pm //

          I would like to hear the entire story. I agree it’s fishy. If there isn’t a really good explanation than I will not condone him still being on team

          • We all read the story and that’s how it was written. Honestly, not really sure if we will get the entire story except for what was reported. But we both know what the media had earlier reported. I think if I were Tommy Campbell, I would be mum about the entire story and proceed on with my career.

          • mrnehnehincognito // May 13, 2017 at 7:35 pm //

            Yep that’s probably what will happen but I hope the stamps asked for a further explanation. I was at fan fest today saw Huff and should have asked him! If I never know anymore I will have suspicion I will admit that.

      • By the way, you’re not one of those that looks at a two-sided coin and says there’s only one side.

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