Roughrider assault charges

[b]REGINA -- Two members of the Saskatchewan Roughriders football team have been charged with aggravated assault following a fight at a nightclub last month.

Regina police say the two men were arrested Wednesday after a 20-year-old man was sent to hospital Aug. 18 suffering serious injuries.

Defensive back Dwight Anderson and wide receiver Taj Smith each face one charge of aggravated assault.

They were to appear in provincial court Thursday morning.

The Roughrider organization says it has been informed of the charges but declined further comment.[/b]

Trouble in Melonville, Dwight Anderson strikes again. :thdn:

More information

[b]On Sunday, August 18, 2013, at approximately 2:50 a.m., police were dispatched to a nightclub in the 2000 block of Dewdney Avenue, for a report of a group of people involved in, or gathered around, a fight. Police arrived onscene and found a 20 year-old male who’d sustained apparent serious injuries, consistent with a physical altercation. EMS took the victim to hospital for treatment of his injuries. Officers began investigation into this incident and interviewed a number of people who were still present in the area as well as others identified and located after the fact. Continued investigation into this incident led to the arrests of two males just before 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.

The accused are: 32 year-old Dwight ANDERSON, DOB: 1981-07-07, and 29 year-old Tajiddin Muquadir SMITH-WILSON, DOB: 1983-09-30, both residents of Regina. Both ANDERSON and SMITH-WILSON are charged with Aggravated Assault, contrary to section 268(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada. ANDERSON and SMITH-WILSON will make their court appearances on the charges in Provincial Court at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 12, 2013. This investigation is ongoing.[/b]

I'm assuming both were released on bail or on a promise to appear. Nothing indicates this. :frowning:

Little or no comment from the Riders is unacceptable for a community owned franchise. Just what kind of message are they sending? I know that they cannot judge the case themselves, but no comment other that the team is "aware of the charges" is puzzling. Are they afraid of upsetting their march to the Grey Cup with bad PR, or is it something else? Don't know because they aren't saying.

Dwight Anderson is the biggest tool in the league. If found guilty, I hope he never plays another down. The league would be better for it imho.

What else could they say?

What else can they say. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. I think it would be irrespnosible to say aything until they have had their day in court

Funny how it happened almost a month ago, and we are just hearing about it now!

It's too early to make a statement until the investigation is concluded. Maybe the Sask players were ambushed by some thug with a weapon and layed down a beating in self-defence. If on the other hand it was Anderson and Smith that were the instigators after a night of drunken debauchery then the Riders will most certainly take punitive actions against the players.

Maybe the Riders (unlike most others) have decided to get some facts before they make a statement.

Dwight has some anger issues and has done some things he shouldn't have on the field, but nobody actually knows what happened so maybe we shouldn't jump to conclusions yet. He is a very talented player who is all kinds of messed up based on some horrible things that he has been through. I have decided to reserve judgement until the facts of the case come out.

The police have been investigating for 3 weeks and only made the arrests last night.

03:00 in the morning outside a nightclub in Regina, Aug 18th
Their court case was at 9:30 this morning

October 8th. Not allowed near a bar or alcohol till then.

SSK knew DA's history and signed him anyway, frankly, it looks good on them. Having little or no standards with guys you go out of your way to sign you deserve everything you get.

You think they will be scratched for their upcoming game against T.O.?

No Williams, Anderson and Taj Smith will benefit T.O.

Will SSK have the stones to cut them both loose like WPG did with Hefney ?

Why would they be scratched its an on going investigation. For all you know this is a case of some young punks looking to prove their manhood and trying to take on a couple football players. Maybe they were sucker attacked and left with no choice but to defend themselves. Unless they are found guilty I can't see reason to punish guy who may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time or simply defending themselves because young drunk guy(s) may have wanted an ego boost fighting a pro ball player.

Right, like Regina cops would go out of their way or botch charging two players from the only pro team in the entire province and lay absolutley zero charges on anonymous "punks".

More like Regina police spent three weeks trying to figure out how not to do anything but Dwight and Taj put a guy in the hospital and police were forced to.

If that were the case, then it would stand to reason that Anderson and Smith would have contacted authorities to report being attacked and the ensuing beat-down of the alleged assailant in question.

Was a police report filed by either of the players when this incident occurred?
Or was this a beat-and-run scenario?

Failing to notify police may radically harm the credibility of the defendants if this is what transpired.

What could the team say?

They could say we stand by our players.

They could say we believe them to be innocent.

They could say that we believe them to be guilty and have cut them.

There are many things they could say, but haven't. For a publicly owned team this is unacceptable (to the people who own them) in my opinion.

Actually, under our legal system, there really isn't.

Except that the police are not investigating. They've been charged so the investigation is over.

Another article that includes further statements from the team.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders released a brief statement shortly after police made the news public. It reads:

"The Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club has been informed of an incident involving two of our players that has led to subsequent charges. As this matter is currently under investigation by Regina City Police, the organization will have no further comment until it’s resolved."

Team General Manager Brendan Taman spoke to reporters at Mosaic Stadium. He said the Riders haven't determined what happens next for Smith and Anderson but they have not been suspended.

"We're going through the process of trying to gather what went on. We have a lot of options to do but right now we've just got to get to the facts and we'll see where it goes."

Taman admitted there was speculation and rumour flying around but he insisted the team wasn't aware of exactly what happened.

"You know, I'm not going to lie to you and say we didn't hear rumours but to the extent of what was going on we didn't really know."

He said the players now have a self-imposed ban that dictates players are not to visit bars on Dewdney Avenue.

A big question is how the team's Code of Conduct, a document that governs how team members are meant to conduct themselves in public, will be applied to this situation. Taman said the team will have to wait and see what happens in court before they assess what impact the Code should have.

He admitted that it's impossible to know how the team could be impacted, conceding that there's always a chance this sort of drama could derail what has been a promising season.

"It could. Or it could make them even closer. We have a good group of guys and a good group of coaches so we'll get through it just fine."

He encouraged fans to do what the team is doing: wait and see what the outcome of the investigation will be.

There are a couple of videos on the page, interviews with Taman and Chamblin. (Haven't watched them yet.)