Code of Conduct
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Posted Jul 17, 2006

With news of charges brought against Roughriders RB Kenton Keith being reported throughout North America, Devin Sandor (aka Roughyfan) weighs in this week on what the Riders need to do off the field to make sure they satisfy their fans.

Code of conduct, that’s a phrase used by Saskatchewan Roughriders president Jim Hopson last October; however, I have yet to see one in place.  Yet again, rumours are going around the province about something Kenton Keith did.  This time, though, these rumours are substantiated by an aggravated assault charge.  I’ve heard the excuses from the Keith supporters saying how tough it is and how players always get called out, but I question why it is always the same player(s) in trouble. I never hear stories about Kerry Joseph, Matt Dominguez, Chris Szarka, Jeremy O’Day, or many others.


Like Jason French said, it only takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch.  So while Kerry Joseph is doing charity work (Catch for Kids program along with SaskEnergy), the media is more focused on what Keith did wrong, and so am I.   Players have to realize that no matter what time it is, when they are out on the town they represent the team, and to a lesser extent the city and the province.  Players have to learn that there is a certain responsibility that comes from playing for a professional sports team.  They have to learn that, like it or not, they are public figures and everything they do will be scrutinized by everyone, including kids who see them as role models.


This is where a team code of conduct comes into place.  The organization has to ensure their players know that certain distractions will not be tolerated and discipline will follow.  They have to ensure the Roughriders are something the province of Saskatchewan takes pride in.   They have to ensure that they are a winning to team, not only on the field, but off the field as well.  It’s about time the organization takes some action.


One fan’s opinion


Devin Sandor

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