Stampeders’ Roy Finch accused of assaulting police officers in Oklahoma

The CFL’s reigning Most Outstanding Special Teams Player Roy Finch has been accused of assaulting police officers in Edmond, Oklahoma.

According to the Fox News affiliate, police were called to a residential area at around 6:30 a.m. on April 15 after receiving a report that a car had been parked and idling for more than an hour.

From the story via

Police arrived on scene and made contact with Roy Finch, 26. Officers noted an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. When officers were attempting to place Finch in custody on a marijuana complaint he allegedly swung at one of them. While attempting to restrain him, Finch was able to get away from custody and run through the complex.

A perimeter was set up and he was found near the south gate of the complex. A second altercation between officers and Finch then occurred. At one point, Finch was hit in the back with a taser. Officers were eventually able to get him to the ground but unable to place him in handcuffs.

Officers used the “drive stun” on their taser and were eventually able to place him into custody. Edmond police say that Finch received lacerations to the right side of his face during the struggle.

Finch has been charged with assault and battery of an officer, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.

Police dash cam video has been released.

Finch apparently has other legal problems as well. From a story in the Norman Transcript:

Court records indicate other legal issues for Finch, who had a March 12 court appearance in Lincoln County on one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and reckless driving. He was due back in court Monday.

The 26-year-old had a stellar season in 2018, leading the CFL in punt return yards (1,200) and yards per return (16.4 among players with a minimum of five tries) and his 103-yard effort for a touchdown in Week 7 against Toronto was the longest punt return so far this season. Those totals earned Finch the Most Outstanding Special Teams Player award. He’s a dynamic weapon on offence too, producing 114 rush yards on 21 carries and recording 18 receptions for 133 yards, including 79 yards after the catch.

Finch signed a two-year extension with Calgary in February.


81 Comments on Stampeders’ Roy Finch accused of assaulting police officers in Oklahoma

  1. Release immediately!

    • Comment Awaiting Censorship // April 18, 2018 at 2:17 pm //

      If we are playing topsies, Calgary wins hands down. Finch’s arrest was far more entertaining than Duron Carter’s.

      I enjoyed watching the pothead play last year. But I hope he is never allowed north of the border again after this. Good riddance, loser!

  2. Way to go Roy – I’m telling Stampland , you know the guy who cheers for the most ‘POSITIVE ‘ team in the CFL !

  3. Pennyrocker // April 16, 2018 at 3:46 pm //

    How could Finch have a stellar year in 2018. He must be dreaming or smoking better weed than Carter.

    Go to show Stamps have a druggie up on charges who is to dumb to go peacefully. Looks like the cops did a good beat down on his dumb a$$.

  4. Sitting in a car at 5 or 6 am smoking pot leads me to suspect that there was more in Finch’s veins than marijuana.
    Running from and fighting cops also leads me to suspect that there was more than marijuana in Finch’s veins.

    Panicking and running from the cops is one thing, but putting up such a struggle after they catch you a second time that they have to use a taser.?????

    I am just glad to hear that the cops only used a taser and not a gun.

  5. Does anyone consider there could be more to this story than we know. Are you all ignoring this left eye?

    • GreenGiant // April 16, 2018 at 4:02 pm //

      If you look in the video, it appears that the left part of his head stopped his fall into the pavement.

    • Play silly games – win big prizes

    • Bleeding Green // April 17, 2018 at 12:46 am //

      Arent you the one that ripped Rider fans for defending Duron after his arrest? (personally I didnt, I think hes a dumbass) Which didn’t involve resisting arrest and assaulting a PO? yes not all has come to light, but here you are… Im not saying you’re wrong for doing so, but now you know why fans come to the defence of their players?

  6. greenenvy? // April 16, 2018 at 3:51 pm //

    Some guys never learn.

  7. Greenland // April 16, 2018 at 3:58 pm //

    I’m surprised Mr Red showed up here. His left eye is likely the result of resisting arrest. My oh my.

  8. The story mentioned his eye, not unlikely that it was hurt when he was tazed/cuffed.. I think it’s a little much to assume he’s on uppers cuz he’s running from the cops, young black men get shot by cops for doing less than smoking weed, I’d run too

  9. Gainer Jr // April 16, 2018 at 4:03 pm //

    Looks like the CFL loses another good player…such a shame too as he had awesome potential. If he didn’t assault a cop and try to run, he more in likely would still be with the Stamps. See you Finch, can’t use your peripheral vision returning punts with an eye like that haha

  10. Disclosure: I am a Rider fan.

    It would really be nice to rub noses in this, but ultimately when things like this happen it is not good for the fans. This guy has talent. It sucks if a talent like Roy Finch doesn’t play in the CFL.

    All this does is show everyone that mistakes and bad decisions happen to everyone, Green or Red.

    • Rub noses in what??

      • fannotacoach // April 16, 2018 at 4:54 pm //

        Controlled DANGEROUS substance, reckless driving and now pot and assaulting police. Makes a little possession and smart aleck comment to RCMP look pretty tame.
        I think that’s what Sec.39 meant.

    • Garcia98 // April 16, 2018 at 4:54 pm //

      Disclaimer: I am not Mr Red, Horsey, Stampland, or any other nickname used by a certain individual in this comments section.

      I have to agree with Sec 39. Doesn’t matter which team this guy represents, this is not good for the overall image of the CFL. Seems like all teams have to eventually deal with off-season player issues. Let’s hope there’s more to the story. If he’s simply a dumbass then he deserves to get charged.

  11. Don’t start.

  12. Bad image for the team and the league. Stampeders should release him!!

  13. Pennyrocker // April 16, 2018 at 4:21 pm //

    Assault to a cop in the States is have 12 cops on you now. They don’t go lightly on you the second time your caught.
    I did see how cops in the States handle fights from my travels with the carnies.

    It is too bad we lose talent and worst yet the example it shows to our kids.

  14. Habsnriders // April 16, 2018 at 4:23 pm //

    I just watched the video and I think the police handled it very poorly . There was no reason to tackle him the way they did . Things could have been handles without violence .being a Blackman in the states it seems like you have no rights at all.

    • Awaiting Moderation // April 16, 2018 at 4:41 pm //

      You seem to have missed the part of the story where Finch resisted arrest and bolted. The video shows the second time they try to subdue him after enclosing the area and hunting him down.
      I don’t think they were going to go lightly with him the second time.

      • Nope, I’ve never said he does charity work in Calgary.So where’s the video of the first incident?

    • Puck hog // April 17, 2018 at 6:38 am //

      Habs, did you ever think that Finch was the one who handled it poorly? I guess it’s everyone’s fault but the person breaking the law. Good one! But keep trying.

  15. Was it at a Starbucks?

  16. Looks like a pretty rough take down no doubt but he should not have taken that swing and he should not have tried to escape.
    If he was a Rider, horsey would have been all over it in the most derogatory fashion and I don’t mean defending the player. What goes around comes around. No team has a lock on players that make poor choices!

    • The riders have 4 drug issues this off season. The stamps have 1 ALLEGATION of assaulting a cop with 0 evidence of anything EXCEPT police brutality

      • Riders23 // April 16, 2018 at 5:36 pm //

        TRUELY you are the most ludicrous individual on this sight !!! Who counts or keeps score of offenders !!! SO another teams players offences JUSTIFY your team having NUT BARS !!!!! on it. There also has been MORE then 1 article related to current /former Stamp players issues. I can’t speak for others but when a pro makes a bad choice that brings a bad light on their team or playing community I feel bad for the club and community , no one takes pride in others miserable mistakes. I for one react as I do because I am HUMAN , I poke fun and insult at your club ( full well knowing the majority of those involved with your teams organization are GOOD people ) DUE to ABSURD , UNREALISTIC jerks like YOU MR RED , that cant accept the FLAWS in their own teams organization even when it hits them CLEARLY in the FACE , they feel the insecure NEED to tarnish the good name of an other organization or person in order to make themselves FEEL better. What a sad excuse for a human being you are SIR !!! ,

        • You know nothing about me to make a judgement call on me sir.

          • Riders23 // April 16, 2018 at 6:24 pm //

            I Know ALL I want or NEED to know about a worm like you from the JUNK HATERED you spew consistently on this blog !!!!! So I do KNOW something about YOU based on you unrealistic hateful posts; To bad you don’t like IMO REALITY when its clearly expressed to you.

      • MR. Green // April 16, 2018 at 5:39 pm //

        TheRiders have 4 drug issues,or four players. Name every issue that horrifies you regarding the Riders.
        Did you know about Finch’s original charge driving like a maniac while influenced by drugs not call marijuana? No you did not know, and likely would not have known unless his stupidity continued. How many other players have been and are having legal issues we never heard about and may never hear about. You don’t know if there are a dozen current Stamps who have been in legal trouble, because none of us heard about Finch the first time or Carter until Saskatoon happened. Chill out and learn from this yourself because pointing fingers and making brutal comments can come e around, leaving you scrambling amd sounding like the world’s biggest hypocrite. Support our league and franchises.

        • Carter has 2 pot charges and 2 other players have suspensions for PEDs. That adds up to 4

          • MR. Green // April 16, 2018 at 6:39 pm //

            Ok, so don’t be a hypocrite. I bet every team has players who have used PED’s, not all are caught or asked to test. You continue to whine about the Riders. I have friends who cheer for other teams in football and other sports. We all joke around and trash talk, but are still respectful. You have no respect and cannot take what you dish out when it comes back. There are better and more loyal Stamps fans than you who are good people and can function, you cannot. Even some of them want you to zip it. I’m sure face to face you ould cower like a chicken and be nice, but when the back turns, you go Mr. Hyde.

          • Didn’t Roy Finch ALSO just have a suspension for PED’s less than a year ago? Always shamefully defendings the Stamps while trying to throw shade at the Riders. Time to grow up and eat some crow Mr red

  17. White Horse // April 16, 2018 at 4:45 pm //

    At this point it appears Roy just isn’t very smart. If you have committed a misdemeanor crime such as marijuana, then do not resist arrest. Just shut up and pay your fine. However, it seems Roy is now deep in the sh$t for other than this event. Probably the last we will see him.

  18. robservation // April 16, 2018 at 4:49 pm //

    Looks like Roy made some very bad choices as you read below.He was already charged with possession of DANGEROUS Narcotics and dangerous driving. This ain’t no choir boy like Red would have us believe.

    When officers made contact with Finch, who played at OU from 2010-13, the report states they detected an odor of marijuana. When police tried to handcuff Finch, he swung at one of the officers and fought through restraint attempts, then ran southeast through the complex.
    Finch has been charged with assault and battery of an officer, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.
    Court records indicate other legal issues for Finch, who had a March 12 court appearance in Lincoln County on one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and reckless driving. He was due back in court Monday.

  19. Scottsask // April 16, 2018 at 5:10 pm //

    Still, no comment, hope the young man can get his life in order.

  20. “without these type of players, we wouldn’t have a league”
    Who said that??

  21. Riders23 // April 16, 2018 at 5:21 pm //

    It is unfortunate that yet another Afro-American pro athlete has drawn negative attention to themselves . Sorry folks but actions like Finches IMO result in the horrible incidents like the Shooting of death of others like Joe McKnight over a traffic related anger incident, based probably on prejudice of parties involved alone. It saddens me that actions like Finche’s lead to prejudice and possible over reaction from authorities /police involved. Yes there is police overreaction at times in incidents like this , is it just NO , is it fair No; however police need to protect themselves as we know and agree in violent confrontations . Athletes like FINCH should KNOW better his poor decision may lead to the mistreatment of others based on reputation or race alone , that is why I have ZERO sympathy for Finch and the way he was handled.

    • lolol
      Rider23……lolol…ok ok give be a second to stop laughing……
      If “Guys like Finch” lead to prejudice and over reaction why didn’t the police simply shoot Finch in the back after he assaulted the cop and ran away?
      No; “Guy’s like finch” exist because police fabricate incidence that lead to the video we see showing Finch as a criminal. Check you history books. This thing happens everyday and you using it as a ” Riders are more virtuous then the Stamps” is sickening and speaks to a very small man behind the screen.

      FACT TIME Riders23
      Joe Mcknight was just as combative as the other driver in his incident, stop making him be an innocent victim of Roy Finch’s horrible ways.

    • thethinman // April 16, 2018 at 6:40 pm //

      Whoa. Yet another Afro-American has drawn negative attention to themselves? You got something against blacks, bro? Been a lot of them who’ve drawn gunfire from mostly whites. You like to throw the ‘hate’ word around. Don’t be too quick to point fingers.

      • Riders23 // April 16, 2018 at 7:47 pm //

        No nothing at all against Afro-Americans or for that fact any person of color. In Canada here I work with indigenous people and I have just returned to western Canada last week after, 4 months in Louisianna (Baton Rouge in fact , taking a masters class at LSU ) , while there had many interesting conversations with southern Americans ranging from school shootings, gun control , drug culture/crime, economics, inner city issues. I met many Afro Americans during this time who had a wide range of opinions. A number of whom I an happy to call new friends and assocaites, even though we didn’t agree lockstep on every issue. I cant image what it is like to grow up as a Afro American in the states — as I am not one , and have seen herd many stories. Most of those I met were awesome folks more helpful and friendly then many current Canadians, IMO. My previous post was not to sight blame or cast negativity upon a race or culture. It was meant as a expression of my being saddened in learning about the involvement of another person of Afro-American decent possibly falling back into a destructive lifestyle after having risen above challenges and possibly carved out a lifestyle and career that may be inspirational to others of Afro-American roots, and people in general.

  22. Robert Shmigelsky // April 16, 2018 at 5:47 pm //

    While he shouldn’t have swung at the police officer, possession shouldn’t be a criminal offense. If people want to take illicit drugs, that’s their right. Life isn’t always an easy ride. It’s a health matter, not a criminal matter.

    • Riders23 // April 16, 2018 at 6:40 pm //

      The whole DRUG- legal vs illegal issue is 1000 or more issues thick!!! IMO. Sadly Illicit drugs is NOT just a HEALTH and personal issue. one can just start at the economic issues related to Drugs legal or illegal,( theft , violent crime related to actions taken while under drug effects start this parade ). Once explored one can move on to the medical costs that ALL of society eventually comes to pay regarding the -ITS MY RIGHT to use DRUGS folks. Barring medical costs we then can move on to costs associated with Social Service support for families wanting to move out of the DRUG culture , the MENTAL health Support COSTS involved with individuals recovering from addition and the impact those addictions have had on the individuals families. It would be a wonderful utopian world if the DRUG Culture legal or illegal was simply left at the ITS MY RIGHT stage!!!!

  23. Rider 4 life // April 16, 2018 at 6:31 pm //

    Hey Mr red as make sure you have your facts right as finch got a 2 game suspension last year for a drug related charge . So I guess 4-2 lmao if your doing the numbers.

  24. Scottsask // April 16, 2018 at 6:39 pm //

    He’s never let facts get in his way.

  25. greenenvy? // April 16, 2018 at 6:45 pm //

    Take a deep breath & know when it’s time to step back Rider. Calm down.

  26. Rider 4 life // April 16, 2018 at 6:55 pm //

    Lol I’m calm I’m just saying that Mr red get his facts straight before spitting them out. As everytime something happens with the riders the stumps fans ditch the riders as now it’s on the stumps and they never do wrong lol. I got it wrong yes it’s 4-3 as finch up on 3 different charges in the past year sorry. 1 charge with drugs 2 game suspension 1 charge of driving unsafe and illegal drugs and now assault police officer and drug charges. Dam kinda feels finch is beating Carter now lol.

  27. That’s a sad thing.. I hope he’s alright. None of us know for sure what happened yet and I’m no bleeding heart but it’s tough to see something like that happen to anyone.

  28. Rider 4 life // April 16, 2018 at 7:26 pm //

    Bleedzgreen thanks lol I guess we tied at 4-4 now with 3 finches and 1 Smith charges. But There’s probally 3 or 4 charges on every team that nobody mentions. We get it over it and get the season started if we ever get a spring lol.

  29. Looks like a guy that was talking when he should of been listening. Word of advice for the stupid,,, when the Popo is telling you to shut up and sit down you best to shut up and sit down. He wears it well though.

  30. Green&Gold // April 16, 2018 at 8:26 pm //

    This is his second serious drug offence, getting a 2 game suspension the 1st time. What does he get this time? Ambrosie needs to address this and fast.

  31. One hell of a way to put a screeching HALT to a promising pro football career. Looks like Roy definitely got the worst of it by his picture. When confronted by police it is always best to FOLLOW THEIR ORDERS IMMEDIATELY to defuse the situation as soon as possible. Similar situation just took place is Phila with a DB. He was RELEASED by the Eagles within 24 hrs. of the incident.

  32. The Stamps will release Finch as soon as the facts are confirmed and he will be picked up by the Sliders and Mr. Jones: one year after the fact Ambrosie will decide to boot Finch from the CFL entirely.

    • Halifax needs a starting backpack, I mean running back

    • Green is the Color // April 17, 2018 at 5:05 pm //

      Spoken like a true asshat and no surprise it comes from you. Loser 4 life is more like it. The Stumps and the Felions looking like they will be fighting for last spot in the west. It will look good on both clubs.

  33. Puck hog // April 17, 2018 at 8:37 am //

    Ok, someone has to say this: he looked a whole lot worse after the Riders game in October.

    • Thank you for the comic relief this morning Puck Hog
      Ahh yes that famous, meaningless late season game. The first win by the riders over the stamps in 4 years!
      That win was like the Grey Cup to rider fans, clearly, because you guys always bring it up.

      • BleedzGreen // April 17, 2018 at 6:48 pm //

        Ahh yes that famous, meaningless game that secured a playoff spot for the Riders. That famous/meaningless game that snapped 3 lengthy Calgary streaks – 17 consecutive home wins, 16 consecutive wins against WD opponents, 10 consecutive wins against the Riders.
        Keep telling yourself it was meaningless Jeffy. LMAO

        • Calgary didn’t care about those streaks bucky. They cared about resting up for playoffs. It was simply game 1 of a 3 game hibernation. But go ahead and hang your hat on something so trivial if you need it for your morale.

  34. Margaret Marshall // April 17, 2018 at 11:55 am //

    Roy Finch is in a world of trouble with no easy way out. He will do serious jail time for this. Weed will be legal sooner than later so who cares whether a person smokes it. But the where is important. Was Roy courting a DUI. Black males have good reasons to fear the police more so in the USA. Sad for Roy and his career. He needs a great lawyer. Roy is not blameless as his choices lead him into a big mess. I think that his cfl days may be over. He needs help on many levels- legal, and counseling for Substance issues. Roy needs help and support.

    • Dickie Hoofnickle // April 17, 2018 at 8:48 pm //

      It will be interesting to see what Oklahoma does with this habitual offender. He won’t be able to leave the USA. Have at him Trump

  35. This is for the young man who is pointing fingers at Finch’s bad choices. 1. You don’t know what a person may be going thru that causes them to make bad choices. 2. There is no one in this world famous or ordinary that has not done or made bad choices 3. Whether a famous or ordinary person God forgives when man chooses not to. 4. How would you feel if you made the wrong choices and it caused you life to be on display and possibly losing one of the best things you wanted to gain in life. Now, sure you probably say I would not make the choices Finch made however there may be another bad choice in life you just might make. Would you want someone to slander your name because of your bad choices and hoping you lose what you worked hard for. People make mistakes everyday whether famous or ordinary, we all are still human and hunams error, make stupid decisions and do stupid stuff that they regret later. He may have been wrong for whatever he did but all things are not peaches and cream nor are they black and white. Do you know Finch personally,no you don’t. I do. He is a kind and loving young man who does still need more guideance in his life. We sometimes CHOKE THE LIFE out of people with our WORDS because we don’t really know them, just by what we SEE on VIDEOS, TV, and the NEWS. As long as we live, people will make mistakes and sometimes wrong choices but why CRITICIZE them instead of lifting them up in in PRAYER. DO you or did you know that GOD FORGAVE YOU BEFORE YOU EVEN KNEW WHO YOU WERE YOURSELF, HE SAW VALUE IN YOU BEFORE YOU KNEW YOU HAD VALUE, so remember you could be in the same situation as FINCH. Maybe not the same actions, I don’t know but I know you woul’nt desire to walk out of your door and feel cast down by your friends, neighbors, unknown people, news, the WORLD. Think about yourself and give others COMPASSION because I PROMISE YOU WILL NEED IT ONE DAY.
    I PRAY Mr. Finch will take responsibility for his actions in all the situations he has put himself in, while learning and gaing WISDOM to make better choices. I hope you the best for your life as I do Mr. ROY FINCH cause we all need support, love, family, friends and GOD’s Love to help us in this life. GOD bless you and I hope you much success in life as I do Mr. ROY FINCH.

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