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Riders' Sheets embarrassed by domestic violence charges

The Canadian Press

6/11/2013 7:27:42 PM

REGINA -- Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Kory Sheets says he's embarrassed by the domestic violence charges that were filed against him earlier this year, but maintains he's ready to move on.

Sheets talked to reporters Tuesday for the first time since news of his off-season legal troubles came to light. The charges were first reported by Saskatoon radio station CKOM.

"It's something I'm not proud of and I'm really embarrassed that it happened," Sheets said. "I allowed myself to get put in a situation that wasn't beneficial to the team or myself, and really I just want to get past the situation.

"I've done all my obligations that the team wanted me to do and that the courts had me do and everybody's happy with the outcome."

The charges were laid in January stemming from an incident near Tampa, Fla., but the state didn't prosecute the case after Sheets successfully completed a domestic violence program.

Sheets didn't inform the team right away because he wanted to do so in person.

Saskatchewan GM Brendan Taman said Sheets will be disciplined but didn't elaborate further.

"Kory knows he's on his last strike with us," Taman said. "Regarding the (team's) code of conduct, every situation's different and everything is handled on an individual basis, and Kory's got on the wrong side of it right now.

"We'll see where it goes in the future but I think he knows where he stands."

Taman said the team learned of the charges in March. He did not seem upset that Sheets took several weeks to inform the team of his situation.

"I'm not going to condone what he did in any way, shape or form but I think there's angst on his part to try and figure out what to do before he told us," he said.

Sheets ran for 1,277 yards and 11 touchdowns as a rookie last season. He added 49 catches for 517 yards and two TDs.