A former NFL player who currently plays in the CFL has been arrested in Pittsburgh on two counts of attempted homicide stemming from an incident that occurred in the city on October 23.
Jeffrey Knox Jr., a native of the Pittsburgh suburb of Verona, PA, is facing several charges including two counts of attempted homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, and one count of reckless endangerment.
Knox Jr. is currently a member of the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts, but has also spent time on the practice rosters of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins, and Tennessee Titans.
The 28-year-old linebacker was involved in a shooting in Pittsburgh last week following a verbal altercation that turned physical, which sent two males to hospital in serious condition suffering from gunshot wounds.
An arrest warrant was issued on Friday, and Knox Jr. was subsequently arrested on Saturday evening.
The Argonauts released a statement on the matter, saying that the team is aware of the charges and takes this matter very seriously, however the team is still negotiating ways to proceed.
The statement went on to say that the team will not determine any team-related consequences until it has “conducted all due diligence” in the matter.
In 54 career CFL games split between the Argonauts, Saskatchewan Roughriders, and Ottawa Redblacks, Knox Jr. has compiled 236 tackles (including 112 tackles in 2015, earning him a CFL West Division All-Star title), 42 special teams tackles, five sacks and four interceptions. Due to ongoing concerns with the coronavirus pandemic, the CFL cancelled the 2020 season.
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