Christion Jones Released from Edmonton Eskimos For Homophobic Tweet
Former Alabama wide receiver, Christion Jones, has been released from the Edmonton Eskimos after tweeting homophobic remarks on Saturday night. Jones has played in the CFL four the last three years. Jones has been the subject of backlash on Twitter since expressing his opinion, he has since deleted the incriminating tweet.
Sunday the Eskimos announced they were releasing Jones due to his tweet and the subsequent backlash.
Edmonton made the swift decision to release Jones in the last week of Pride Month. Jones initially defended his choices to put his opinion out into the public but ultimately apologized on Twitter on Sunday afternoon.
Jones caught 85 passes during his time at Alabama for 1,030 yards and seven touchdowns. He went undrafted in 2015 but signed as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins. He was released by the Dolphins near the end of training camp in 2015 and was also signed and released again by the Dolphins in the spring of 2016.
He spent a year out of football before signing with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, primarily returning kicks. The Roughriders traded him to the Eskimos in August of last year.
Jones has three punt returns for touchdowns in the CFL over the last three seasons, he has hauled in eight receptions for 49 yards. It appears Jones will have a tough time being resigned by another team in the CFL amid the backlash he received this weekend.