EDMONTON - Adam Braidwood is back in court once again, this time in Port Coquitlam, B.C.
The former Edmonton Eskimos defenisve lineman and first-overall draft pick in 2006 is scheduled to appear Wednesday on weapons-related charges stemming from an incident Sunday morning, after shots were fired inside a residence located along the community’s annual Terry Fox Run route.
Braidwood, 27, was arrested and taken to hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound.
While the club has taken steps to distance itself from Braidwood, who was released in April, some of his former teammates still have personal ties.
“He was a good teammate,” said quarterback Ricky Ray. “I got along with him very well and I think pretty much everybody in this locker-room did as well. He had one of those personalities in the locker-room that everybody liked. He joked around, he was always in a good mood.
“It’s just unfortunate that things went down the way they did for him.”
Defensive end Greg Peach was roommates with Braidwood in training camp.
“He sat right here, I played with him for two years and hung out with him,” Peach said in the Eskimos locker-room prior to Tuesday’s practice. “He’s a good guy, just a few bad things have happened to him.
“I don’t want to get too far into what he does off the field, but it’s just unfortunate and I feel bad for him, really. It sucks.”
Whether it was bad choices, bad luck or a combination of both, Braidwood’s alleged actions came as a surprise.
“Anyone that’s playing a professional sport, you don’t really see them doing stuff like that outside of it,” Peach said. “When stuff like that happens outside of here, it’s really surprising.
“I try not to get involved in that kind of stuff and just focus on football. If he would have done that, I think that he would have been a great player in this league.”
Offensive lineman Patrick Kabongo spent many a practice coming up against Braidwood across the line of scrimmage.
“I don’t really have any comment because we don’t know really what happened,” Kabongo said. “When he was here, he was a great person. He was a great teammate.
“It’s too bad.”
Last November, Braidwood was one of three charged with assault and kidnapping a 20-year-old Stony Plain man.
He was charged again in December with assault, uttering threats and weapons-related offences in a separate incident in Edmonton that was believed to stem from a domestic dispute. A sexual assault charge was also added later.
He was released on bail on Jan. 27, and then released by the Eskimos on April 21, just over a month prior to training camp.
“After a lengthy discussion with Adam this week we have mutually agreed to release him from his contract,” Eskimos general manager Eric Tillman said in a statement issued at the time. “This move is not being made to pass judgement on the legal process, but rather an acknowledgment that no resolution appears likely until his trial, which doesn’t begin until 2012.”