Rough week indeed for Roughriders

Both Taj Smith (above left) and teammate Dwight Anderson of the Roughriders will start against the...

Both Taj Smith (above left) and teammate Dwight Anderson of the Roughriders will start against the Argonauts despite facing assault charges, a call that has angered some. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images/AFP)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:38 PM ET

REGINA - A week that has divided Rider Nation finally comes to an end, even as clarity continues to elude the CFL's flagship franchise.

If all this turmoil was unfolding in Toronto, no one would care, but in the heartland of three-down football everyone cares when a loss on the field plays out or when the pride of Rider Nation gets tarnished.

On Thursday, Dwight Anderson and Taj Smith, two starters, were in the crosshairs of a raging debate throughout the province when each faced assault charges.

On Friday, reserve Eron Riley joined the conversation when he, too, was charged with aggravated assault stemming from an incident outside a downtown nightclub.

As one could expect, everyone is walking on eggshells, unable to speak publicly about this rather public issue that’s in front of the judicial and public courts of law.

Anderson and Smith will both play against the Argos Saturday night in what could very well be a preview of the Grey Cup.


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