Riders drop QB Boykin from neg list after domestic violence allegation

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have dropped quarterback Trevone Boykin from their negotiation list just hours after he was accused of domestic violence.

Boykin was added to the Riders’ neg list in September and was still among the 45 players who the team has exclusive negotiating rights until Tuesday.

But that changed quickly after Boykin’s girlfriend Shabrika Bailey spoke to a Dallas TV station for a story that aired Monday night. In it, Bailey says Boykin choked and beat her, knocking her unconscious, breaking her jaw in two places and knocking out two teeth.

The Seattle Seahawks, who signed Boykin to a futures contract in January after he spent parts of the last two seasons with the club, also released him on Tuesday.

Boykin was undrafted out of TCU but was signed by the Seahawks to back up Russell Wilson. He saw limited action as a rookie in 2016, appearing in five games and throwing 18 passes. Boykin spent last season on the practice squad after losing the backup job.

Boykin issued a statement via the NFL’s Ian Rapoport denying the allegations.

The Riders quick response comes as the CFL looks to maintain a progressive stance on matters relating to domestic and sexual violence.

Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said last week that the league is conducting an internal review to determine how a CFL player was able to play an entire season while facing serious criminal charges, including sexual assault. Defensive lineman Euclid Cummings was charged last April with four serious criminal offences stemming from incidents in Vancouver on Oct. 16, 2016 when he was a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Bombers have acknowledged they were aware of the investigation and informed the league but Cummings was still allowed to play the entire 2017 season with the Eskimos.

“I think we do have to take this whole experience and do our own investigation and try and understand at every point, what did we know and what could we have done with that information that would have made the process better?” Ambrosie said while at CFL Week. “I think this gives us the opportunity for reflection. I can’t tell you today the key learnings from the experience and what adjustments we should make. But we need to be very introspective on this and we have to be tough on ourselves.”