Former Riders DB Justin Cox charged with assault

Former Saskatchewan Roughriders safety Justin Cox has been charged with assault in connection with two separate incidents on Aug. 30.

Regina police say they received a call from a hospital about a 23-year-old woman who had apparently been physically assaulted, allegedly by Cox.

Less than an hour later, police received another call from an employee at a local business after Cox allegedly pointed a gun at her.

As a result, the 24-year-old Cox has been charged with assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon.

Regina radio station CJME reports that Cox was arrested on Aug. 30 and made his first court appearance on Sept. 1. However, police released the details only after the station received a tip and confirmed the information with provincial court on Monday.

Cox is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Regina on Thursday.

This is not the first time Cox has had a run in with the law.

On April 19, Cox was released by the Roughriders after information emerged that Cox had been involved in a domestic violence incident.

After his release, then CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge said the league would not allow any other CFL team to sign him.

Cox was found not guilty of assault causing bodily harm on May 29. The CFL still will not allow Cox to play in the league despite the findings of the court.

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35 Comments on Former Riders DB Justin Cox charged with assault

  1. white stallion in red // September 11, 2017 at 1:59 pm //

    The league has amply dealt with this man and the team that would wish to sign him. No need to discuss him

    • theonlydispassionateriderfan // September 11, 2017 at 2:31 pm //

      How did they “deal with the team that would wish to sign him”? The Riders released him the moment he was charged, then refused to even discuss a return after he was found not guilty. CKOM reporter Arielle Zerr actually had Jones on record before the CFL released it’s statement.

      And it’s not like the Riders are the only team in the CFL to bring players up that have had legal issues in the past(keep in mind, Cox has never been convicted of any of the charges placed against him).

      • “keep in mind, Cox has never been convicted of any of the charges placed against him”

        Are you serious? Do you honestly think this guy is just repeatedly being falsely accused? Wow.

        • Dan. As I recall the woman complainant in the May domestic assault charge recanted and admitted that he did not assault her.

          We don’t have any details on these recent charges. You shouldn’t dismiss the presumption of innocence so quickly.

          I suspect that there are a lot of background facts that we aren’t hearing. My guess is that the League and the Riders have good reasons to drop this kid. But I think that the idea that a mere charge automatically results in getting cut is a dangerous precedent.

          • George Porge // September 11, 2017 at 6:32 pm //

            “As I recall the woman complainant in the May domestic assault charge recanted and admitted that he did not assault her.”

            That’s true. And as we all know, women never, ever recant their complaints against abusive partners after they’ve been attacked. Especially if that partner comes home the next day with a sorrowful face and a bunch of flowers and a promise to “never do it again”.

            “We don’t have any details on these recent charges. You shouldn’t dismiss the presumption of innocence so quickly.”

            Here’s the beauty of the whole “presumption of innocence” thing: it only applies in criminal court. Everywhere else in the world, we’re free to dismiss the presumption of innocence all we want. We’re not deciding the fate of someone’s life, liberty, or property. We’re merely deciding whether a person is a decent human being or a piece of trash. That, my friend, can be done without any such presumption.

            “But I think that the idea that a mere charge automatically results in getting cut is a dangerous precedent.”

            I agree, and so does the CFL. That’s why he was allowed to come here in the first place, despite having already been charged of a crime (and having pled to a lesser misdemeanor charge) back in college.

            He’s now been accused of several crimes, all of which are violent in nature, and all of which are the type of crime that where charges are often dropped because the victim has a close relationship with the accused and decides, for some reason or another, to not go through with it. At this point, we have to use the “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” rule.

            We don’t need to wait for proof of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to decide that this is not a player we want in our league.

        • Dan….you need to settle down a bit and actually read fully what he said. What anyone thinks has nothing to do with his comment. He stated “Cox has never been convicted” and that is true. That said the guy clearly is a piece of work and I don’t think he is innocent at all as like you mentioned I doubt he is being accused for nothing repeatedly.

          • I did read what he said. Anyone with half a brain knows that just because previous charges didn’t result in a conviction does not mean Cox is actually innocent. Using a modicum of reason, one can easily surmise that Cox, having been charged multiple times with similar offenses, is not just the hapless victim of a campaign to prevent him from playing football, but rather a serial abuser. To quote a poster above, “where there’s smoke, there’s fire”. Pushing the “presumption of innocence” rhetoric in the context of this case is not only being willfully obtuse, but it also perpetuates a very dangerous line of thinking that has a history of resulting in dangerous, violent men like Cox being released to continue their abuse.

          • theonlydispassionateriderfan // September 12, 2017 at 2:11 pm //

            Dan, you’re a dipshit. At no point, no point what so ever did I imply or suggest he is innocent. I simply said he has not been convicted of any of those previous charges, a statement of fact. Other teams in the CFL HAVE brought in players that had actual previous convictions, not just charges against. Cox clearly has an issue, which is why the Riders and then the league refused to provide another opportunity for him. None of which changes the fact that he has never been convicted. Again, it’s not a defense of his behavior or a defense on his behalf, it is a 100% irrefutable fact, he has 0 convictions to date. Anyone with half a brain would realize that.

          • Nice ad hominem attack there. So, if you’re simply saying this statement of fact, what’s the point? I mean, what is the bearing of that comment (statement of fact) on the discussion if it’s not to imply that his guilt is in question due to there not being an existing conviction? Why should we “keep that in mind”? Or do you engage in all conversations by just shouting out random statements of fact related to the topic but that hold no bearing on a point-of-view or stance on the subject? That must be confusing for people a lot of the time, no?

      • white stallion in red // September 11, 2017 at 4:11 pm //

        They signed him knowing if his past. Released him because they knew tey had to and knew the league would anyways. Bad optics everywhere on this

        • Just stop man child.

        • The kid has multiple infractions…he was released in KC for same ish! Trouble more than once in College…just ruined his 4th opportunity in May! Would you hire him? GTFOH enabling ass fanatics.Based on his involvement more than 3 times in DV…id say hes done!

    • It is pertinent in that there were some posters here (and other voices throughout the league) who continued to profess the need to give Cox more chances last time around – or worse, engaged in victim blaming. Sadly, even this news is unlikely to change some opinions re: our tolerance of domestic violence (or violence of any kind) with relation to sports figures.

      • Dan: You really must go back and read the facts in this case. It was not a case of a spouse recanting to keep the family together, etc.., which certainly does happen very often. It was the case of a jealous girlfriend that jumped on his back and assaulted him!!! Her testimony!! The best part of the story is that the police found evidence of “violence” by Cox because they found her hair had been pulled out … turns out that these were hair extensions … her weave fell out … LOL … and she did the “damage” herself.

        I am completely on-side with concerns with stopping domestic violence … absolutely, but I am not willing to through out due process and convict people … or ruin their careers without tested evidence. Remember that ALL THREE accusers in the Gomeshi case lied and attempted to deliberately mis-lead the court. Some would say that each of them should have been charged with perjury and malicious prosecution.

        And speak to any family lawyer and ask about the “silver bullet” tactic … making up specious or exaggerated allegations of assault against one’s husband as a way of getting a sole possession of the matrimonial home and a tactical advantage in custody. Any experienced family law practitioner will tell you that it is a common tactic … so take what you read with a grain of salt and don’t throw away the justice system in a rush to judgment.

        In this particular case, I shed no tears for this guy … I agree that the attitude of the Team and the League suggests that there is a back story that makes sense.

        • Sorry, I’m not going to debate this with you. Feel free to support serial woman beaters with your “presumption of innocence” rhetoric. I will continue to side with reason and logic that dictates that a man who’s been charged 5 (6?) times with assault (or similar) charges, is not the victim.

          • Dan. That’s okay … feel free to reach out any time you get charged and need a lawyer. 😉 I have sworn an oath to provide you with the defence that you would deny to others.

          • Based on existing Canadian statistics related to wrongful convictions, and the fact that I don’t plan on making a mid-life career change to woman beater, I’m pretty comfortable with rejecting your offer.

  2. theonlydispassionateriderfan // September 11, 2017 at 2:18 pm //

    Talented for sure but you can’t fix stupid.

  3. Sometimes I wonder if we are not too harsh on football players and coaches etc.
    They are charge and punished but should they also lose their jobs???
    Are employees fired if they are found guilty of assault or domestic abuse?
    I can understand if it’s stealing from an employer but if the crime didn’t involve the employer why fire them.

    • I didn’t even get to finishing my comment above before yours showed up. SMH.

    • George Porge // September 11, 2017 at 6:21 pm //

      “Are employees fired if they are found guilty of assault or domestic abuse?”

      If that employee is so closely tied to your organization that their actions outside the workplace reflect on your organization, the absolutely. Employees are fired for public actions outside the workplace in all kinds of industries.

  4. John, they should lose their jobs. There is no place in our world or any other for violence against women or children. Period. If he worked for our company, he would be discharged.

  5. white stallion in red // September 11, 2017 at 4:14 pm //

    Opps. Guess I should read closer! That’s what happens when you follow 3 downnation, cure cancer and negotiate peace deals all at once!

  6. All the skill in the world… but you can’t fix his kind of stupid.

  7. Why are we even talking about this? He is Gone! History! We should be mentioning that the Riders just signed Jeff Knox Jr. Now, there is something to talk about!!!

  8. George Porge // September 11, 2017 at 6:18 pm //

    Good to see 3Downnation keeping on top of all the relevant CFL news. Can’t wait to hear about new dirt on Joffrey Reynolds or Josh Boden. Perhaps you can get the scoop on the Lawrence Phillips situation while you’re at it.

    …sheesh….

    • Here’s the scoop for ya, Lawrence Phillips is dead. Committed suicide in jail shortly after strangling his cellmate to death.

      • George Porge // September 12, 2017 at 10:59 am //

        See? Without the 3Downnation beat reporters, I wouldn’t have known this. Now I feel like I can have a complete CFL experience.

  9. My question is, why is Knox still in Canada?

  10. Paul Bomber // September 12, 2017 at 11:11 am //

    Not sure why this is still a story… except that it’s still getting clicks and comments. Oops.

  11. Tragic, the kid is ruining his life. I hope he can pull it together, grow up and live a better life,…

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