Roughriders’ DB Loucheiz Purifoy with party that created disturbance at local restaurant

Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy was involved in an incident at a local restaurant Sunday evening following his team’s West Semi-Final win.

The Riders released a statement: The Club has looked into this matter and while the police were called to the establishment, Purifoy has not been charged with any wrongdoing related to the incident.

In a press conference, Purifoy revealed he had been detained and held in a holding cell overnight for disturbing the peace after a dispute began over slow service at the establishment. While his back was turned, a woman who was with the group further escalated the situation and has been charged with common assault.

Purifoy played in 12 regular season games in 2021 making 39 tackles, three special teams stops and two interceptions. For his efforts, the 28-year-old earned the Riders Most Outstanding Defensive Player award.

The five-foot-11, 190-pound defender played all 18 games for Saskatchewan in 2019, recording 40 tackles, three interceptions, two sacks, and one forced fumble. He had 49 kick-off returns for a 24.5-yard average while leading the league in kick-off return yards with 1,201 yards and one touchdown.

The Florida product was released by the Ottawa Redblacks in August 2018 but found a new home with the Riders just one day later. He has since become a star in the team’s secondary.

Through six CFL seasons, the Florida native has registered 227 defensive tackles, 21 special teams tackles, 13 interceptions, seven quarterback sacks, six forced fumbles, and scored one touchdown in 83 regular season games.

While Purifoy was at the University of Florida, there was a warrant out for his arrest due to drug charges, however it was cancelled in 2014 after his attorney came to an agreement for him to be an informant for the Gainesville and Alachua County Drug Task Force.

Two months before he was expected to be taken in the late rounds of the 2014 NFL draft, Purifoy was reportedly caught with marijuana again and another drug referred to as ‘bath salts.’ He narrowly avoided arrest by promising to act as a police informant and then was accused of not fulfilling his end of that bargain.

It was all enough for the standout prospect to go undrafted before the Indianapolis Colts signed him and kept Purifoy him around for most of the season. He was cut loose heading into the final four games of the campaign.

After he was barred for the first 10 games of the following year for reportedly violating the league’s drug policy and sitting out all of 2015, Purifoy looked north of the border to resurrect his football career.

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