'I did not beat up anyone': Tweet from former Roughrider Justin Cox's account denies assault
After initially tweeting out apology for alleged assault, Cox denies involvement
A tweet sent out from former Saskatchewan Roughrider Justin Cox's account appears to show him denying he assaulted anyone, following earlier tweets that seem to show him apologizing for his alleged involvement in a weekend incident.
"Clearly I did not beat up anyone #facts," read the tweet sent out Wednesday afternoon.
Cox was cut from the team Wednesday after Regina police charged the 24-year-old with assault causing bodily harm.
Cox was apprehended Tuesday after an investigation into an alleged assault on a Regina woman over the weekend.
Police were called to a home on the 2200 block of MacTavish Street on Sunday. There, police say they found a 23-year-old woman who had sustained injuries consistent with a physical assault.
The investigation is ongoing.
Cox will appear in provincial court May 4.
In tweets sent earlier in the day, Cox appeared to making an apology to fans.
To the fans I apologize for my actions and decisions. The truth will only be known by those that were there during the incident.—@SEC_Phenom
I want to thank the Saskatchewan Roughriders for giving me a chance to fulfil my dream, I'm sorry for letting you guys down. 💚💚—@SEC_Phenom
In a news release on Wednesday, the team said a Canadian Football League policy condemns violence against women in all its forms.
The team said it will not comment on the case any further but "appropriate outreaches are being made to local police, support and counselling organizations."
Meanwhile, the CFL has issued a statement saying should any team try to sign Cox to a contract, the league will refuse to recognize the agreement.
"We must all do what we can to ensure the safety of women and to urge perpetrators to seek the help they need to change their behaviour and stop the violence," wrote CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge.
Cox was the Roughriders' "most outstanding rookie" in 2016, and started in all 15 games he played for the team
Cox was suspended for his last three games at Mississippi State, after police were called to a 2014 domestic dispute and found his girlfriend with head injuries. He later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of trespassing.
In 2015, the Kansas City Chiefs refused to sign him after Cox was charged with aggravated assault, burglary and trespassing during NFL tryouts.
Officials in Mississippi said yesterday a trial date for those charges has not yet been set.
Coach addressed previous allegations last year
Last July, Roughriders head coach Chris Jones said the team takes domestic abuse allegations involving its players seriously. That day, Jones was addressing questions about Greg Hardy, a U.S. player with a background of allegations of domestic violence.
He was also questioned about Cox.
- Roughriders say they've 'moved on' from player accused of domestic violence
- Reporter says Riders have 'some tolerance' for players accused of domestic abuse
Asked whether the team looks at such things when it acquires players, Jones said it does.
"Absolutely we look at it," Jones told reporters on July 26, 2016. "I have known some people who have known Justin Cox since high school and had a lot of thorough investigation done on his background."
Jones said he was satisfied with the results of that scrutiny and reiterated that the team takes domestic assault charges and convictions seriously.
"Quite honestly, you wouldn't have a league if all the guys who had some type of past transgression in high school or junior college or college [weren't allowed to play]," he said. "You wouldn't have a CFL."