Mixed reactions from Riders fans about decision to axe Justin Cox

Ex Rider Justin Cox allegedly assaults woman, threatens store employee with gun

The Saskatchewan Roughriders' decision to cut Justin Cox from the team following an assault charge is eliciting a mixed bag of reactions from fans.

Some have come out in support of the Canadian Football League's policy on violence against women, which works to raise awareness and to educate players and includes sanctions on players or employees who violate the policy, but doesn't prohibit teams from signing a player with a background of domestic violence.

Others regret the loss of a strong player.

Cox was named the Roughriders' "most outstanding rookie" in 2016, and started in all 15 games he played for the team.

The 24-year-old was kicked off the team Wednesday after Regina police charged him with assault causing bodily harm. 

The charge is connected to an alleged assault on a Regina woman over the weekend.

The CFL announced it would refuse to register any potential contracts with Cox in light of the charge.

Cox has allegations of domestic abuse in his background, which the Roughriders looked at when they acquired him as a player. 

In July 2016, Riders head coach Chris Jones had said he was satisfied with an investigation into Cox's background.