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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

RIDERS TAKE A PASS ON COX



SASKATOON - Following Tuesday's Day 3 of Roughriders Training Camp, Head Coach & GM Chris Jones announced the team will NOT be re-signing free agent defensive back Justin Cox.

Cox was found not guilty of a Domestic Violence charge on Monday and expressed his desire to return to the Riders, the team which cut him in April after the news of the charge surfaced.

Jones said as a father of a daughter, and the same goes for Rider Assistant GMs Jeremy O'Day and John Murphy, they all agreed they couldn't bring Cox back simply "on principle".

Meanwhile, from the Canadian Press:

REGINA - The commissioner of the Canadian Football League says a former Saskatchewan Roughrider still can't play in the CFL even though he was found not guilty of assault causing bodily harm.

Commissioner Jeffrey Orridge says the acquittal of Justin Cox does not change the position of the league.

The Riders released Cox when he was charged after an alleged domestic dispute in April and the CFL also said he would no longer be allowed to play in the league.

On Monday, a provincial court judge in Regina found Cox not guilty and said there was no evidence to support the charge.

Cox said after the trial that he hoped to resume his football career with the Roughriders.

Riders general manager and head coach Chris Jones shut down that idea at training camp Tuesday, saying Cox won't be back with the team and calling it a matter of principle.

(The Canadian Press)

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jones has principles!

Jeff Banow said...

This is the right move.

Travis said...

Does not make any sense, the girl got what she wanted by ruining his career. She should be punished not him. If i was Cox I would try to take the CFL to court. This is the first move of Jone's that i have 100% disagreed with.

GB said...

If Jones has such high principles then why did he sign Cox to start with. This isn't the first time he's been charged with this and he has another trial coming up in Mississippi.

Rider Pride said...

I fail to see how Chris Jones can pass on a dedicated player like Cox "on principle" when it seems that he has shown that he is rehabilitating and changing his ways. He was a Jones' signing last year and now that he has been faced with the same situation and found that he, in fact, did nothing wrong and was set up by a jealous woman out to ruin his career, Jones decides that he is damaged goods? If this is a decision "on principle", either something is not being reported or Cox is being punished for doing the right thing.

Anonymous said...

Excellent decision.

Anonymous said...

I'm embarrassed to live in Saskatchewan I truly am. She lied and cost him his career. He is 24 years old.

Anonymous said...

No way Cox was coming back. Gormley was passing out pitch forks and lighting torches this morning. It's the Saskatchewan way Accused = Guilty.

Anonymous said...

And I suppose you do too. Back off.

Anonymous said...

Jones has the worst principles. TERRIBLE MESSAGE.

The girl said in court when asked if she was just trying to ruin his career "that is correct".

She said she was jealous and always yelled and threw things at him and SHE caused all this because he said he was leaving her for good.

Then Jones passes "on principle" ?????? What a joke. No second chance that isn't even a second chance? This should still be his 1st chance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!It was all on HERRRRRRR!!!!!

What in the actual F. This is TERRIBLE and no way to treat a person or a teammate. Jones is dead to me. What a pu$$y. No balls Jones.

BOYCOTTING the season after this b#ll$hit. #GOBOMBERS

Anonymous said...

OMG Who are these Morons that comment on here..Please Ahole don't cheer for the Bombers how about you just go watch UFC or something..ZERO tolerance to any "man" touching a woman period. Absolutely the right move mabe Jones has learned from this and will stop recruiting criminals into our great community..

Anonymous said...

Here's my take: Jones' hands are tied. The CFL made his decision for him. Cox's off field personal lifestyle (i.e. home environment and/or his choice of partner) is too much bad PR for the Riders and the league right now. They will be fine because he is not a Canadian citizen and it is a privilege for him to work in Canada, so he doesn't have much of a legal argument for reinstatement (legal buffs correct me here please.)
Also, no one is mentioning that his lawyer is female and a human rights advocate. She didn't even need to bring forth any witnesses to win her case.
The question is: What are they gonna do with the "accomplice" Craig?
LF

Anonymous said...

I think this is Justin Cox^^^^^^^^^^

Anonymous said...

"In Jones We Trust"

Dean said...

Honestly I think Cox will sue the Riders, the CFL and possibly the women.

I'm not a lawyer but anytime you hear of anyone in any profession being charged with an offence they are always put on some sort of leave. Then if they are found guilty they are then fired.

We have even seen in in the past with prior Riders and staff.

So Orridge's ruling will be reversed or there will be a lawsuit.

He's 24 so like what? Five year salary? $400,000?

Any lawyers out there? Or all Rider fans high school drop out lol

lee said...

Do you really think this was Chris Jones decision or the President and the board

Anonymous said...

See ya... you won't be missed

Anonymous said...

New found respect for Jones and crew. I too have two little girls at home and god forbid any "man" should lay a hand on them. I'd be locked up ! Any one who thinks otherwise clearly doesn't have daughters.

Anonymous said...

Durant's hurt..."achillies"

Anonymous said...

Good Riddance to Cox and his checkered past. Time to move on. Refreshing to see some measure of principal being adhered to. I criticised Jones last year for trying out Mitchell so I this time I say well done. Distractions like Cox is the last thing the Riders need.

Bart

Anonymous said...

If I'm not mistaken, there is at least one other domestic violence charge outstanding against Cox in Mississippi.

Anonymous said...

Durant's hurt..."achillies"

Heard it was his knee.

just waiting for whether or not 400k guaranteed is down the flusher for the Tweetie birds

Anonymous said...

Any lawyers willing to work pro bono for a guy with a history of abusing women? Lol good luck better call Saul.

Anonymous said...

awe, Durant is hurt?

I was hoping that he'd at least play game 1 so that our "average defence" could go and knock the crap out of him.

Anonymous said...

Not cool. He was on the team, we charged, he was off the team, he was found not guilty so he should be back on the team.

Not a good look for the Riders and the league. If the league thinks Cox is the only guy with a criminal record, they need to get their head out of the sand.

Mark said...

If anyone supports Cox, they are a loser! That simple. There wasn't enough evidence to proceed. He was arrested for a reason. He hits women. If you support that, you are a loser.

Anonymous said...

Remember this -

Jones quickly jumped to Cox’s defence.

“I’ve known some people that have known Justin Cox since high school,” the Riders’ football-operations boss said. “I had a thorough investigation done on his background. I know some of his junior college coaches and some of his college coaches as well. I was fully satisfied with the things that we found.”

Anonymous said...

It's over he's gone let it go nothing is gonna change.

Anonymous said...

Durant isn't a serious injury you hypocrites...he will get his turn beating you like everyone else will. From players fighting, fines, and retiring on the riders...shows where the team is heading...basement again.

Anonymous said...

There is something seriously wrong with anyone who gets a charge out of seeing a player get hurt, especially one who played here for several years. Sick.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter what average joe fan thinks, the football organization made a decision in the best interest of the team. They are not asking for your approval.

Anonymous said...

We don't want you either.

Randolph Charles said...

I am really not surprised by the reaction from all the Bible thumpers on this column. To those my response is a familiar phrase from scripture.."Judge not lest ye be Judged" Even Dr. Phil acknowledged on a recent show that there is a huge difference between 'arrested' and 'prosecuted'.

You would also have a different take on things if this was midway through the season and our guy led the league in interceptions, or had taken a couple of kicks or punts to the house!

The only thing Justin is guilty of is poor choices in women.

Barring him from playing in the CFL could be considered libel, in my opinon.

Anonymous said...

In a year and a half that's the first decision Chris Jones has made that have I agreed with, if in fact he made it. While I probably want them to win, I still won't be supporting the Riders in any way until there's a shake up at the top end.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Phil said? Poor choices in Women? I presume you are single, unemployed, and watching too much daytime tv.