Coach Jones tak­ing wait-and-see ap­proach on Carter’s pot charges

Edmonton Journal - - SPORTS - MUR­RAY MCCORMICK

Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach and gen­eral man­ager Chris Jones re­mains “dis­ap­pointed” in Duron Carter.

Carter faces charges for mar­i­juana pos­ses­sion in Win­nipeg and Saska­toon.

“I was re­ally dis­ap­pointed be­cause I had just come off the heels of go­ing down to Florida and spend­ing good qual­ity time with him and his mom,’’ Jones said Wed­nes­day from his home in South Pitts­burg, Tenn.

“It’s like when a fam­ily mem­ber or a close friend gets into a sit­u­a­tion like that. I’m re­ally dis­ap­pointed be­cause I thought we were a bit be­yond that thing. It’s some­thing that we’ll wait and see what the le­gal process goes through and what the au­thor­i­ties say. Then we’ll have more of a com­ment on ex­actly what hap­pens with Duron.’’

The 26-year-old re­ceiver/de­fen­sive back was charged with pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance after he was caught with more than 30 grams of mar­i­juana at the Win­nipeg In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Nov. 25. On Feb. 1, Carter was charged with pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana at the Saska­toon In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Carter’s first pos­ses­sion charge is to be heard on Thurs­day in Win­nipeg Provin­cial Court. His Saska­toon court ap­pear­ance is set for March 27.

Jones said that he wasn’t aware of the Win­nipeg charge while meet­ing with Carter in Jan­uary.

“At that time, he just had the one (charge) and that was when he went home and he didn’t fill me in on it,’’ Jones said. “I would rather meet with him face to face where I can sit down with him in the same room and get his take on it. We’ve had one con­ver­sa­tion about it and that’s when he was in Saska­toon.

“He and I are go­ing to sit down in the next lit­tle bit and dis­cuss what’s go­ing on and hope­fully put these things be­hind him and grow up a lit­tle bit.’’

Jones added that the Rid­ers have looked into Carter’s le­gal sit­u­a­tion.

“It ap­pears it will just be fine, but we’ll have to wait and see,’’ Jones said.

Un­der the cur­rent Crim­i­nal Code, pos­ses­sion of 30 grams of mar­i­juana for a first of­fence could lead to a $1,000 fine and a year in jail. The sec­ond of­fence could be a $2,000 fine and two years in jail.

Even when mar­i­juana is le­gal­ized in the sum­mer, pos­ses­sion of more than 30 grams would be il­le­gal.

Carter is head­ing into his sec­ond sea­son with the Rid­ers after sign­ing a con­tract ex­ten­sion in Jan­uary. In 2017, when Carter was named the Rid­ers’ most out­stand­ing player, he led them in re­ceiv­ing yards (1,043) and was tied with Naa­man Roo­sevelt for the team’s lead in touch­down catches (eight).


Roughriders re­ceiver Duron Carter has “dis­ap­pointed” the CFL team’s head coach, Chris Jones.

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