CFL bans defensive back after third domestic violence arrest

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The Chiefs cut former Mississippi State defensive back Justin Cox before be could even go to training camp with them, after he was arrested the second time for domestic violence in an eight-month span.

After his third arrest, an entire league has banned him.

According to the Regina Leader-Post, Cox was cut by the Saskatchewan Roughriders after another allegation of domestic violence, and he was subsequently dismissed from the entire league.

CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge said in a statement that the league had given Cox enough chances, and they were done with him.

“Earlier today, the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club released Justin Cox after being informed of an incident involving domestic violence,” Orridge said. “Our clubs have been informed that should any team decide to sign Mr. Cox to a Standard Player Contract, I will refuse to register that contract. This authority rests with the Commissioner under our league’s Constitution.

“The Canadian Football League is committed to doing its part to eradicate violence against women. As is stated in our Policy on Violence Against Women, “the CFL condemns violence against women in all of its forms, including domestic violence, sexual violence, sexual assault, and verbal abuse, as well as the disrespectful and demeaning attitudes that foster violence or the tolerance of such violence.” In keeping with the policy, the CFL has worked with Saskatchewan to ensure appropriate outreach is made to local police and support and counseling services. 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.”

While the news as it pertains to Cox as a football player might not be a big deal, the message the CFL sent was a strong one. They’re no strangers to taking in NFL castoffs, but they’re showing there are certain things they won’t tolerate.

And at a time when NFL teams are debating whether it’s worth the risk to draft Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon (who was captured on video punching a woman in the face), it’s interesting and encouraging to see the CFL take a firm stance.

13 responses to “CFL bans defensive back after third domestic violence arrest

  1. If the bush league CFL can get it right then there’s no excuse for the NFL.

    Just do it.

  2. Why is violence against women considered beyond the pale? Shouldn’t any kind of violence be condemned, and subject to the same penalties, regardless of the victim’s gender? It seems awfully sexist to suggest that women need some kind of extra protection, aren’t we all supposed to be equal?

  3. Didn’t the CFL take Cox in knowing of his prior 2 DV incidents?

    Now I’m not saying they should not have given him a second chance….in fact I think they handled both giving Cox another chance and kicking him out when he reoffended really well.

    What I object to is trying to compare Mixon to this situation. The NFL is essentially giving Mixon the same second chance the CFL gave Cox…..and the only reason Cox waa playing in the CFL is due to the NFL essentially kicking him out for DV. The thing is if Mixon is blackballed from the NFL I am almost certain the cfl will pick him up. The conclusions toy came to in this article are flawed.

  4. Next stop, the Minnesota Vikings, who have a history of criminal CB’s on their roster. The question is whether they will be available to play on Sunday or sitting in a local jail cell.

  5. This will have many people asking the question of why the NFL isn’t doing the same thing.

  6. If the bush league CFL can get it right then there’s no excuse for the NFL.

    The NFL should follow this example that the CFL has set and should’ve done the same with quite a few other players in the past.

    The CFL gave their Commissioner the power to refuse to register a contract. So what you’re really saying is the NFL needs to give more power to Goodell.

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