The Saskatchewan Roughriders have acted quickly after being informed that defensive back Justin Cox was arrested in a domestic violence incident this week in Regina.
Reports came out on Wednesday morning that Cox had been arrested on a charge of assault causing bodily harm following a domestic dispute and a short while later, the Riders issued a media release stating that they have released the second-year player.
The Regina Police Service report states that the incident occurred on Sunday with a 23-year-old victim having sustained injuries consistent with a physical assault.
Cox was taken into custody on Tuesday. He's scheduled to appear in court on May 4.
The Riders statement says that the team is following the provisions of the CFL’s Policy on Violence Against Women and “due to the nature of the legal process the Saskatchewan Roughriders will not comment further”.
Cox has a history of domestic violence. He was arrested in Nov, 2014 on burglary and domestic violence charges during his final season in college. The domestic violence charge was eventually dropped at the victim’s request.
He was then released from the Kansas City Chiefs following a 2015 arrest on charges of burglary, aggravated domestic assault and trespassing.
In his first season with the Riders, Cox posted 42 defensive tackles, four interceptions and a forced fumble in 15 games. He was named the team’s most outstanding rookie.
Cox had signed a contract extension with the Riders in Dec, 2016.