We again have hit the crossroads of proper conduct vs. second chances as it pertains to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
It’s a discussion that always garners added attention in these parts when our community-owned football team is involved.
Riders defensive end Charleston Hughes has an Oct. 31 court appearance after being charged with impaired driving and failing to provide a breath sample for analysis from an Oct 11 incident.
A debate we have had before, and probably will again, now rages. Should he play or shouldn’t he?
When learning of Hughes’ situation on Tuesday, my mind immediately went back in time.
It was a little over five years ago when Rider players Taj Smith and Dwight Anderson were charged with assault on September 11 of 2013 in Regina. The pair had an October 8 court appearance and played in games that were scheduled between those two dates.
It’s as if time stands still. We again debate which should win out….a criminal code which includes innocence until proven guilty or a code of conduct, which is again being tested.