Despite acquittal, CFL says Justin Cox still banned

Despite his acquittal, the CFL says it will not register the contract if another team tries to sign Justin Cox.

The following statement was issued by the league on Tuesday.

“On April 19, 2017, the Commissioner of the CFL, after being informed of an incident involving domestic violence, released a statement on Justin Cox advising that he would refuse to register a contract should any team attempt to sign Mr. Cox to a Standard Player Contract. The outcome of the recent criminal trial involving the acquittal of Mr. Cox does not change the position of the League. Mr. Cox is currently not under contract with a CFL team and if a team were to attempt to sign him, the contract would not be registered by the Commissioner’s office.”

Cox was found not guilty of assault causing bodily harm in a Regina courtroom on Monday as provincial court Judge Pat Reis ruled there was no evidence to support the charge after hearing from five Crown witnesses.

Riders head coach Chris Jones said earlier Tuesday that the 24-year-old Cox, who signed a contract extension with the club in December after a strong rookie season in 2016, would not return to the club.  But Cox made it clear that he hopes to resume his career after his acquittal.

“Hopefully I get it back.,” Cox said Monday. “Hopefully I can get to wear that green and white again and you know, play football again, period.”

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