The Ottawa Redblacks say they’ve suspended defensive lineman Chris Larsen amid an investigation into an alleged beating on the ferry docks on Toronto Island over the weekend.
“Late final night time, we had been made conscious of social media allegations of an assault by a bunch of people that included Chris Larsen and instantly commenced an investigation, which is ongoing. At the moment we had been suggested that an investigation by the Toronto Police is underway,” Mark Goudie, CEO of the Redblacks’ mother or father firm, Ottawa Sports activities and Leisure Group, mentioned in a press release.
Larsen was drafted in 2019 however hasn’t appeared in a recreation with the group.
Toronto police, together with the power’s hate crime unit, are investigating after a person was reportedly crushed on the ferry docks on Toronto Island close toon Saturday night time.
In accordance with a police information launch, a 24-year-old man and a 27-year-old lady had been strolling to the ferry docks once they “turned concerned in a disagreement with a bunch of individuals.”
That is when, police say, a person from that second group of individuals made homophobic feedback towards the victims.
A girl from the second group grabbed one of many pair, police say. Then, two males from the group punched and kicked the 24-year-old man, leaving him with “important accidents.”
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David Gomez recognized himself because the sufferer when contacted by CBC Information. He despatched alongside pictures of his accidents, however declined an on-camera interview request.
A crowdfunding marketing campaign arrange for Gomez, which had raised nearly $35,000 by Wednesday night, states he was knocked unconscious, and suffered a damaged nostril, cheekbone and orbital bone, in addition to an harm to his hip and a concussion.
The crowdfunding web page describes him as “a valuable and beloved member of our Queer neighborhood.”
The CFL issued a press release Wednesday night saying it additionally takes the allegations “very significantly” and “look[s] ahead to the result.”
“We wish to reaffirm our values: We condemn homophobia, violence and hate. We assist inclusivity and variety,” it mentioned partly. “Extra must be accomplished and we are going to proceed to face with the LGBTQ2S+ neighborhood.”
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“Range and inclusion are central to our organizational values and we are going to attempt our greatest to make use of our platform to assist make acts of hate and violence, together with homophobia, cease,” Goudie mentioned within the assertion. “We’re significantly sorry for the trauma brought about to the 2SLGBTQ+ neighborhood.”
Toronto police say the power’s hate crime unit has been notified and is helping officers from 52 Division with the investigation.
“This stays an lively investigation and in depth inquiries are being carried out together with scouring for video, recovering proof and chatting with witnesses to determine the motive,” police mentioned in a press release.
“The Toronto Police Service understands that incidents of this nature trigger concern in LGBTQ2S+ communities. We wish to guarantee everybody that our investigators are working laborious to find out if this was a hate crime and establish the suspects concerned. Any sort of hate crime won’t be tolerated.”
Police say they are going to present updates “as quickly as attainable” because the investigation progresses.
Pleasure Toronto additionally issued a press release Wednesday, saying that these sorts of assaults spotlight why it is necessary for the group to deliver consciousness to homophobia, transphobia and biphobia within the metropolis.
“It’s heartbreaking to listen to this occurred throughout Pleasure Month — an assault on one is an assault on all,” the group mentioned. “Everybody, please, be secure and maintain your self and people round you.”
Police are asking anybody with video of the incident or details about what occurred to contact investigators or Crime Stoppers.