Former Mississippi State DB Justin Cox once signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, but his professional football career may be over after the Canadian Football League has banned him due to a recent arrest.
Cox was released from the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club and CFL commissioner Jeffrey L. Orridge says he won’t be allowed back in the league.
“Earlier today, the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club released Justin Cox after being informed of an incident involving domestic violence,” Orridge said in a statement. “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.”
Cox, 24, was recently arrested in Regina, Saskatchewan and charged assault causing bodily harm according to Sporting News. A transfer from East Mississippi Community College, Cox was a reserve cornerback for MSU in 2013 and then moved to safety for the 2014 season, which ended in a three-game suspension due to a domestic violence incident. After going undrafted in 2015, Cox signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, but was released after being charged with assault, burglary and trespassing.
In May 2016, he found an opportunity with Saskatchewan. He was named the club’s rookie of the year, recording 42 tackles and four interceptions in 15 starts.
He tweeted about the release and ban on Wednesday.
To the fans I apologize for my actions and decisions. The truth will only be known by those that were there during the incident.
— Justin Cox (@SEC_Phenom) April 19, 2017