Saskatchewan Roughriders Head Coach and General Manager Chris Jones addressed a Sportsnet report on Tuesday that the CFL has blocked the Riders from adding the NFL’s Greg Hardy.
The free agent defensive end spent the 2015 NFL season with the Dallas Cowboys however is currently out of football due to his history of domestic violence.
He worked out with the Jacksonville Jaguars last week but wasn’t signed. Jones said the timing of the story is suspicious and that talks between the two sides were only preliminary.
“First of all the timing of it seems a little ‘interesting’ to me,” Jones stated. “Again, Greg Hardy inquired to us back during camp and it was about a six hour discussion. The league made their ruling on it and we moved on.
“You can ask the league. I’ll just comment on what I just said. Again, it was a six hour discussion, he was interested in coming up. I inquired with the league, the league made their ruling, and you can talk to Jeffrey Orridge and those guys if you need more info on it.”
Jones was asked how seriously the club takes situations of domestic violence with players.
“Very seriously,” Jones said. “Very seriously.”
Meanwhile Jones said he’s still at least a day away from making a decision on a starting quarterback for this week’s game at Montreal. Darian Durant and Mitchell Gale both took turns with the first team offense on Tuesday.
The 1-3 Roughriders visit the 1-3 Montreal Alouettes Friday at 5:30 pm on TSN and the 620 CKRM Roughrider Radio Network.