Realty One

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


REGINA - A player who was cut from the Saskatchewan Roughriders football team over an alleged incident of domestic violence has been found not guilty of assault causing bodily harm.

And Justin Cox, 24, says he hopes he can resume his career now.

"Hopefully I get it back. I really want to play with the Roughriders,'' Cox said Monday after the decision by provincial court Judge Pat Reis.

"Hopefully I can get to wear that green and white again and you know, play football again, period.''

The defensive back was released by the CFL team on April 19, one day after Regina police charged him as the result of investigation into an allegation of intimate partner violence.

But Reis said there's no evidence to support the charge after hearing from five Crown witnesses.

"I just don't see the evidence is there,'' Reis said when senior Crown prosecutor Kim Jones attempted to make closing comments in the case.

Jones acknowledged that outside court.

"There has to be proof beyond a reasonable doubt that an assault causing bodily harm took place and the Crown's case didn't meet that standard,'' he said.

The defence decided not to present any evidence or call any witnesses.

Court heard that police were called April 18 about a 23-year-old woman with injuries consistent with a physical attack.

A police officer and an acquaintance of the woman told the court that they saw a bump on her head and bruising after a fight at Regina home. They also said it appeared a braid of hair had been torn from her head.

Riders' wide receiver, Joe Craig, who was living in the house with Cox, told court that the couple was arguing over the code for an iPhone.

Craig said he was standing between Cox and the woman, and he never saw him hit her.

"No, sir, not all,'' Craig testified.

Craig also said Cox did not push her down a flight of stairs, but that she fell.

"When I turned around, she was on the ground,'' he said.

The woman told the court that the braid was a loose hair extension that came out when she fell down the stairs.

In her own testimony, she described a rocky relationship.

Court heard police were called to another apartment of the couple because of noise complaints.

The woman said she was unhappy with the attention that she believed Cox was giving to other women and that would lead to arguments where she would scream at him.

"I would get very jealous,'' she told the court.

She said Cox would "try to get away from the situation'' and that she would physically block the door, jump on him to keep him from leaving and throw things at him. She said he never intentionally hit her.

On April 18, she said they had their "usual argument'' and Cox said he was leaving her.

"It made me very angry, much angrier than I've been in a very long time,'' she said.

Defence lawyer Sharon Fox asked if the woman threatened to ruin Cox's career and the woman said: "That's correct.''

The Riders released Cox when the assault charge became public and the CFL also said he would no longer be allowed to play with any team in the league.

The former Mississippi State player had signed a two-year extension with the Roughriders in December after he recorded 42 defensive tackles and four interceptions in 15 games in 2016, en route to being named the team's most outstanding rookie.

Cox was released by the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs in 2015 after being arrested and charged with domestic violence twice in less than a year.



Anonymous said...

I hope he is allowed to play again with the riders, and to all the people convicting him till his court date (shame on you). Especially one sports announcer who couldn't wait to run him out of Canada, that's why we have a justice system.

Anonymous said...

hey Rod, thoughts on this. Firstly, is Cox a free agent that anyone can sign or by some weird rule is he still a Rider?? Next, do you think Jones will be quick to get him back or pass on him? Cox was an up and coming star and to be fair to the guy, he was found not guilty and unfairly had his career ended. WOW we could use him right?? What do you think???

Anonymous said...

Thank god for the justice systems to prove a man or woman innocent from false charges.

Anonymous said...

The problem with society when these types of charges are brought up is it's guilty till proven innocent.

I hope the Riders sign him and the league removes their ban. Knee jerk reaction. The league and Riders could've suspended him until the verdict was reached given it was the off-season. Begs the question what would happen if this was during the season? Would they kick someone out of the league if they haven't been found guilty?

The answer is only if it's a Rider

Just saying..... said...

get him back not guilty means not guilty!

Anonymous said...

Sign/reinstate Cox asap Mr Jones/Mr Murphy! The Canadian justice system has spoken.

Anonymous said...

He is a good player but the Riders should never have signed a two time loser in the US.

Anonymous said...

I read the whole article over at Totaly Stunned News (TSN)
Sound like Justin likes to live on the edge with firery Personalities. It's worth the read. Especially when someone admits to purposely trying to ruin a persons career over jealousy.

Spock Logic

Anonymous said...

Imagine what 3d Nation will look like tomorrow when this hits there!!!!

Anonymous said...

3 Down Nation has a very detailed report on the case. After reading it, I would say justice would mean the return of Cox to his job with the Riders.

Anonymous said...

Something seems fishy here-was he setup? Should someone be charged with filing a false police report? Lots of questions only 1 answer and an individual who may not be able to continue to earn a living.

Anonymous said...

Please please please sign Bear Woods Saskatchewan, another casualty of the Alouettes Durant signing.

Anonymous said...

Bear Woods is best suited to MLB. Much like Greg Jones, 6'0", 248 lbs, Woods is 6'0", 245 lbs. He'll command a big salary & we already have Muamba @ MLB. Because Greg Jones is not built for SAM or WILL he would have been an expensive backup for Muamba & the same goes for Woods. I would be surprised if Jones pursues him but you never know. The SAM position is basically a Nickelback - a DB who plays up on the line & can cover receivers. WILL may be a more difficult position again as it requires a speedy guy who can cover a lot of ground. Big LB's like Woods & Jones are built for the middle picking up RB's & taking on OL blocks. At their weight 240+ lbs you're getting into DE size. Leonard, Newsome & Brown are all about that weight but taller. I don't see why Jones would chase Woods. I suspect he'll end up in Toronto or another Eastern club in all probability.

Anonymous said...

Atleast the truth came out, to often this type of thing isn't public and we end up with this false idea what almost all domestic violence is man on women. Which if you google CDC domestic violence and look into it you'll find it's basically even.

Anonymous said...

This is tragic in many ways, and it shows how police and prosecutorial misconduct can ruin a person's life. The Prosecutor said after court that there was insufficient evidence. The obvious question to him is; why did you go forward with a trial? The Crown should have withdrawn the charges for lack of evidence, which was the case. There is an onus in Canadian Case Law that a police officer has to conduct a fair and thorough investigation, which obviously wasn't done in this case. Roll up to a scene and arrest the first guy you see because somebody says they were assaulted?? Hardly thorough! If witnesses say it didn't happen then perhaps the file should have been sent to the prosecutor for an opinion. The Crown's opinion is there was no evidence to support the charge.

Why put this man through this goat and pony show? Where can Orridge get off saying a man can't earn an income when he hasn't done anything wrong? I see some potential huge lawsuits coming down the pike if Orridge tries to take away his livelihood.

This man has had his reputation damaged as the result of a jealous GF who was never assaulted. The morons who convicted him on social media should have to endure the same thing! A lot of people need to get their collective heads out of their butts.

@mrt_man said...

Bit of a pickle here... punishing someone innocent seems goofy.

But how many times can a guy get rung up on similar charges and there still not be something to it. Sounds like neither of them are the most stable people making the best judgements ever.

Glad it isn't my decision.

Anonymous said...

Innocent. Reynolds needs to reinstate Justin Cox asap.

GB said...

If Cox is so innocent why does he have another trial coming up in Mississippi ?