Riders release Canadian RB Jerome Messam after voyeurism charge from 2016 incident

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have released national running back Jerome Messam.

The Tweet was deleted, but the same exact Tweet returned minutes later on the team’s official Twitter account.

The CFL issued a statement about the pending charge.

“The Canadian Football League is aware that Jerome Messam has been charged with Voyeurism, a Criminal Code offence. He has been released by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Commissioner Randy Ambrosie has informed all member clubs that the league will not register a contract for Messam should any team attempt to sign him. We will have no further comment on this matter as it is before the courts.”

Under the Criminal Code, voyeurism is when someone “surreptitiously, observes – including by mechanical or electronic means – or makes a visual recording of a person who is in circumstances that give rise to a reasonable expectation of privacy.”

The Criminal Code also covers distributing recordings from such offences. Punishment is up to five years in prison.

Messam was a Calgary Stampeder in 2016 and a Calgary Police spokeswoman said the charge “relates to the alleged video-taping of a consensual sexual encounter with a victim.

“It is alleged the video-taping was done without the person’s consent.”

The adult complainant came to police in April 2018 after being told Messam had the alleged tape, which police said had not been posted anywhere.

He was charged on Sunday, police said.

Messam was signed as a free agent by the Riders in February. The 33-year-old rushed 52 times for 205 yards and caught six passes for 25 yards in six games for Saskatchewan in 2018.

Messam had a career-best campaign in 2016 when the alleged incident happened, rushing for 1,198 yards and 11 touchdowns while catching 54 balls for 485 yards and one TD, all of those numbers are single-season highs. That year he earned the CFL’s Most Oustanding Canadian award.

Over his eight-year CFL career, Messam has rushed for 5,484 yards and 34 touchdowns while adding 1,997 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 219 receptions.

-with CP files


20 Comments on Riders release Canadian RB Jerome Messam after voyeurism charge from 2016 incident

  1. Evil Empire // July 30, 2018 at 12:42 pm //


    What a freaking circus that franchise is. I think he was pretty much right at his best before date. So, I don’t think it’s a huge loss to be honest.

    What has he been charged with ?

    • Um… Messam is the individual charged with a crime. How in any way does that make the Riders a “circus”?

    • What does this have to do with the Riders? the alleged crime occurred 2 years ago. Smarten up

      That said, no loss for the Riders. Messam was a massive disappointment

  2. Rider fan // July 30, 2018 at 12:42 pm //

    That is too bad. Would have been nice to know beforehand. We don’t have a power back now. Move on I guess.

  3. Hopefully not the unceremonious end to a very good CFL career.

  4. David Tress // July 30, 2018 at 1:02 pm //

    What on Earth is Voyeurism? Oh well the Roughriders should bring back Trent Richardson, he rushed for 127 yards in a game last year.

  5. Scottsask // July 30, 2018 at 1:08 pm //

    Some people don’t grow up. Dissappointing. Plus, this will end the stupid 3 back rotation.

  6. White Horse // July 30, 2018 at 1:17 pm //

    Seems strange that Messam played the entire 2017 season and this comes to light now? Where was the CFL during this?

  7. White Horse // July 30, 2018 at 1:32 pm //

    Forget about laying the blame on the CFL, the Stamps or the Riders. If there was an investigation regarding Messam then there would be zero news to report. He now has obviously been charged with voyeurism!!

  8. solara2000 // July 30, 2018 at 1:51 pm //

    One League. Nine Teams. One brand. This is not a new movie. Why doesn’t the League require member organizations to notify the League Office upon becoming aware of either the laying of a criminal charge or behaviour which may bring forward a criminal charge and has attracted law enforcement attention. The League will determine whether it will approve a contract or the trade of a player and his contract from one club to another.

  9. What a sad way to end the career of a great Canadian RB. Because at 33yrs old with a charges of a sexual nature, no CFL teams are going to give him a sniff no matter how desperate they are for NI talent.

    Such a massive disappointment that he never managed to win a Grey Cup ring.

    This is a crushing blow for the Riders NI ratio. Maybe they could put a call out to Shomari Williams?

    • Not really Areola. Albert Awachi is Canadian, 8 years younger and same height and weight as Messam. Crappy way to give a young guy a shot.

  10. Peter N // July 30, 2018 at 2:38 pm //

    Only one who deserves blame here if found guilty is Jerome Messam, not the Stamps, Riders or anyone else.

    • Thank you!!! Some trolls immediately try to tackle Rider fans and the organization with their trash. One of the most logical comments on this site.

  11. This is not a Stamp VS Rider thing. There isn’t a Stamp or Rider fan who didn’t cheer for or appreciate the contributions Messam made while he played for either team. Even Roy Finch for instance – We all took our short at him (myself included) but he was a dynamic player and was certainly fun to watch.

    This, like all other CFL player situations this year are a result of poor decisions (most during the off season) Players get a few dollars in the bank and some recognition within the community and somewhere in the mix, common sense and sound judgement is lost.

    This is no longer about these guys as players anymore, as careers are ended and families are affected.

    Crappy way to end a career.

  12. raging roumanian // July 30, 2018 at 3:01 pm //

    Meh, no lose. Always has been overrated. I’m 6 inches short of 6 feet, weigh 150, 70 years old and could take him down easy. Just go for his legs, falls down like a Douglas Fir tree. Personally, I would have released him after he fumbled the ball against the Stamps.

  13. StampsFan // July 30, 2018 at 3:14 pm //

    I rarely read the comments or post on this site because of the maturity level of a lot of the posts. But I will post a few points about this story.
    1. It appears this came to light this year. There is no way John Huffnagel or Chris Jones had anyway of knowing about this so everyone can drop the blaming of either organization.
    2. What ever happened to “innocent until proven guilty”. In most cases when these type of things come to light the person ends up being guilty but we don’t know for sure so why not hold final judgement until after the court decides his guilt or innocence.
    3. Instead of making fame or wealth or popularity our number one goal in life, we need to get back to being a society that makes integrity and character the thing to be most sought after and developed in our lives. The contrasts today between Jarome Iginla and his retirement and the forced retirement of Jerome Messam(if he is guilty).
    Iginla is known for his integrity and character and we see the outpouring of love and respect for him as a person as much as him as a player. If Messam is guilty what will his legacy be?

  14. Don E. Fresh // July 30, 2018 at 3:33 pm //

    Are we sure he didn’t just snap a couple pics of Dickenson’s offensive playbook? Those plays are so hot and sexy it could be considered voyeurism.

  15. In the category of silver linings, this opens up a roster spot for JSJ.

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