The subject of racism was raised with the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes during a teleconference with journalists Tuesday after sending a tweet early Tuesday morning.
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Jones was asked if he had ever been a victim of racism.
Jones, who is entering his second season as head coach of the Alouettes, said the threats came in the form of letters that remain in his possession to this day.
“I received death threats because my wife is a different color from me,” said Jones. “And we had police officers staying with us, patrolling our house a bit during my outdoor games. And there was a series of letters and I still have those letters. And it’s just a reminder that things aren’t always great. It could have been one person, but one is still too much. “
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Jones is black and his wife, Justine, is white.
This comes after a wave of protests across the United States after a cell phone video captured the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, while he was arrested by police in Minneapolis, Minn.
Jones, 49, played the Bombers’ quarterback for five-season games (2000-2004) and had his best CFL campaign in 2001 with the Blue Bombers.
He was named an outstanding player in the CFL this season after leading Winnipeg to a 14-4 regular season record and a place in the Gray Cup.
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Jones also said that he and some friends had been wrongfully arrested by police, who had fired their guns, in California in the 1990s in what Jones added was a case of wrong identity.
“I grew up around a lot of racism and no major problems,” said Jones. “But yes, me and my friends – I think it was in college or after college. We were put on the ground, handcuffed and they pulled out their weapons. And it was a case of mistaken identity. But we called it back then – being black while walking. “
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