3rd Saskatchewan Roughrider charged with assault

A third Saskatchewan Roughrider — Eron Riley — has been charged in connection to an alleged assault that happened last month near a Regina nightclub.

Eron Riley, 26, was in court Friday morning

A third Saskatchewan Roughrider has been charged in connection to an alleged assault that happened last month near a Regina nightclub.

Eron Lamar Riley, 26, appeared briefly in Regina provincial court Friday morning on a charge of aggravated assault.

Eron Lamar Riley, 26, has been charged with aggravated assault, along with two of his teammates. (Saskatchewan Roughriders' website)

Two other players with the Regina-based Canadian Football League team — Dwight Anderson and Taj Smith — were arrested earlier this week and appeared in court Thursday facing the same Criminal Code charge.

After a night in jail, Anderson and Smith were released pending their next court appearance Oct. 8.

Riley was released Friday morning and will also be back in court in October.

The charges stem from a physical altercation that happened close to a nightclub on the 2200 block of Dewdney Ave. in the city's warehouse district on Aug. 18.

Eron Riley did not talk to reporters as he left the provincial courthouse in Regina on Friday morning. (Jordan Jackle/CBC)

A man, 20, was found seriously injured. He was taken to hospital for treatment.

The Roughriders have not suspended Anderson or Smith. On Friday, the team roster for Saturday's home game against Toronto was released, and both men are scheduled to play. 

"We're aware it's pretty serious what's going on, obviously,"  Riders' general manager Brendan Taman said. "But until facts are more available to us, we've got to go with what we know. So when we get those facts and if there's some repercussions that need to happen, then they'll happen."

Riley, who is on the injured list, wasn't on the roster to play.

"Those guys are part of this team, and whoever it is — not just Dwight but the whole team — and we're going to support them until we get to that point where we can't anymore," head coach Corey Chamblin said.

Under the terms of their release from custody, Anderson, Smith and Riley must abide by a number of conditions, including avoiding alcohol and drugs, and staying away from nightclubs.

The lawyer for Smith and Anderson said there is no restriction that would prevent them from travelling with the team. 

The Regina Police Service said there are no additional suspects in the case, which has been the talk of coffee row in the football-crazy city of 200,000.


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