Former Stampeders’ return man, running back Roy Finch charged with assault and battery

Former Calgary Stampeders returner and running back Roy Finch has been arrested by the Norman Police Department.

According to The Oklahoman reporter Ryan Aber:

Finch was charged Wednesday with felony domestic assault and battery “resulting in great bodily harm.”

The incident occurred Tuesday, and also resulted in Finch being charged with preventing or interrupting an emergency telephone call.

According to the Norman police report detailing the incident, the victim alleged Finch woke her up and began harassing her. After she asked him to stop, she said she grabbed a belt to get him to leave her alone before Finch grabbed it and slapped her, knocking her over.

He also kept her from calling 911, grabbing her wrist, according to the report.

According to the affidavit filed by Norman police, the victim was confirmed to have multiple open fractures of her jaw.

In February 2019, Finch was charged with kidnapping and domestic abuse. The former University of Oklahoma Sooner was accused of assaulting Oklahoma police officers in April 2018. That came after Finch signed a two-year extension with Calgary February of that year.

The 28-year-old had a stellar season in 2017, 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 of the season.

Those totals earned Finch the Most Outstanding Special Teams Player award. He’s a dynamic weapon on offence, producing 114 rush yards on 21 carries and recording 18 receptions for 133 yards, including 79 yards after the catch in his last CFL season.

Finch currently resides on the Stampeders’ retirement list.

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