Another CFL off-season has meant more trouble with the law for receiver Jason Armstead.
His release from the Saskatchewan Roughriders was made public Thursday, but Armstead was actually cut loose prior to charges of auto burglary, possession of a stolen gun and felony evading police being laid against the 30-year-old in mid-February.
According to a news release, Riders head coach and vice-president of football operations Ken Miller said the team didn't announce Armstead's status earlier because it was attempting to help him find employment with another CFL club, the Regina Leader-Post reported Thursday.
"We had talked to Jason in the recent past and told him he was released from the team," Miller said. "At that time, we had no prior knowledge of his unfortunate legal troubles."
The Winnipeg Sun reported Saskatchewan dumped Armstead after he allegedly stole his ex-girlfriend's purse from her car on Feb. 13 at a restaurant in Pascagoula, Miss.
The wideout is then believed to have fled from police before crashing the vehicle he was driving, with the stolen gun found in the purse.
Last year, the Blue Bombers waved goodbye to Armstead after he was charged with domestic violence and failing to stop for a police officer in Ocean Springs, Miss. The charges were reduced to verbal assault and Armstead is said to have paid a $300 US fine.
In March 2009, a Mississippi newspaper reported Armstead was arrested and then released on bail for allegedly waving a gun out of his car window while chasing his ex-girlfriend's vehicle.
Armstead, who hails from Moss Point, Miss., rejoined the Roughriders midway through last season and was named their special teams player of the year.
His first stint with the team began in 2006 and lasted one-and-a-half seasons after he was claimed in a dispersal draft of players from the mothballed Ottawa Renegades.
Armstead was traded to Hamilton during the 2007 campaign, and signed a free-agent contract with Winnipeg in August 2008.
To replace Armstead, Saskatchewan signed free-agent kick-returner Dominique Dorsey on Feb. 17, the CFL's top special teams player in 2008.