Esks' Braidwood slapped with sex assault charges
By TONY BLAIS, QMI Agency
|Adam Braidwood. (QMI AGENCY )
Police have laid additional criminal charges against Edmonton Eskimo
defensive lineman Adam Braidwood, including two counts of sexual assault.
Braidwood, 26, made a brief appearance in court Thursday on both the new
charges and earlier charges involving an alleged domestic assault involving
Crown prosecutor Scott Niblock said the two counts of sexual assault and a
charge of possessing a firearm while knowing the serial numbers had been
removed were laid against Braidwood on Jan. 6 when police went to see him at
the Edmonton Remand Centre.
Niblock said the new charges stem from the same alleged Dec. 2 offence date
as the other charges and involve the same alleged victim. However, he said
he was unable to provide details of the allegations.
A court-ordered publication ban prevents the name of the alleged victim
Braidwood is expected to appear in Court of Queen’s Bench in the near future
for a bail review.
The bearded 274-pound football player was denied bail on his initial charges
on Dec. 9.
A court-ordered ban on publication was imposed at the time on the evidence
heard during the bail hearing, the arguments made and the judge’s reasons
for his decision.
Braidwood is charged with assault, uttering death threats and several
weapons offences after being arrested on Dec. 3 at a residence near 118
Avenue and 87 Street in relation to the alleged Dec. 2 incident.
Police did not release details of the alleged incident, but said the case
was being handled by the domestic offender crime section (DOCS), which
specifically investigates offences involving spousal-type relationships.
That was the second time Braidwood had been charged by police in less than a
In mid-November, he and two other men were arrested in Stony Plain and
charged with aggravated assault and unlawful confinement.
Mounties say a witness reported seeing an abduction on Nov. 19 in Spruce
Grove and police later found two males standing outside a vehicle with two
A 20-year-old man outside the vehicle was shirtless with injuries to his
arms and legs and was taken to hospital.
Braidwood, along with Shane Bergstrom, 25, and Taylor Kurtz, 23, were
arrested and released on cash bail.
Eskimos general manager Eric Tillman earlier issued a statement regarding
Braidwood, saying management had a “very candid discussion” with Braidwood
in November where it was clearly outlined what the organization expects of
him going forward.
“Learning of this second alleged incident with Adam is incredibly
disappointing,” said Tillman at the time. “With this latest development, we
will gather more information via the legal process and then do what is best
for the Edmonton Eskimos.”