The Saskatchewan Roughriders cut defensive back Justin Cox yesterday after allegations of domestic violence.
Regina police charged Cox, the Riders’ outstanding rookie of the year, with assault after officers were called on Sunday to the report of an assault against a 23-year-old woman.
The club acted swiftly, as the CFL made it clear Cox would not be allowed to play, citing the player’s contract.
This move has been mostly welcome by the fans.
Others took issue with the fact Cox faced other charges in the U.S. when the Riders picked him up.
Some fans said they were sorry to see Cox released.
@SEC_Phenom Just lost another great player. Fans were really excited to see you. . . Once a Rider, always a Rider. . .
— Cody James Stranger (@stranger_cody) April 19, 2017
@SEC_Phenom You owe nobody an explanation. We got you Justin! ❤
— Michelle (@RiderMommy) April 19, 2017
Teammates weigh in
It wasn’t only Rider Nation weighing in on the news.
Many players turned to social media to voice their feelings, including some who appeared to support Cox.
— Jordan Reaves (@JReaves77) April 19, 2017
Others appeared to condemn the allegation.
SMH As A MAN, You Shouldn’t Put Your Hands On a WOMAN. No Excuses Unless She Got A Weapon And She Tryna Kill You
— Jonathan Newsome (@JNEW_11) April 19, 2017