Ex-Eskimos lineman Adam Braidwood sentenced to 4 1/2 years for sex assault

Former Edmonton Eskimos defensive lineman Adam Braidwood. (QMI Agency)

Former Edmonton Eskimos defensive lineman Adam Braidwood. (QMI Agency)

TONY BLAIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:48 AM ET

EDMONTON - Former Edmonton Eskimos defensive lineman Adam Braidwood was sentenced to 4-1/2 years in prison Friday for an "egregious" sex attack on a former girlfriend.

Braidwood, 28, pleaded guilty to sexual assault and careless storage of a firearm relating to a Dec. 2, 2010, domestic assault which court heard was a product of the former CFL star and cage fighter's prescription drug addiction.

Court of Queen's Bench Justice Eric Macklin called it an "egregious act of sexual assault" and "egregious behaviour" towards a woman he should have protected.

Macklin said the woman "lived in fear" over what happened to her in her own home and "felt terrorized" by the way she was being treated by her armed ex-boyfriend.

Macklin credited Braidwood with showing genuine remorse and noted he had written a "heart-wrenching" apology to the victim as well as ones to his family, the Edmonton Eskimos and the community of Edmonton.

Crown prosecutor Scott Niblock said the incident began with an argument outside their city home on Dec. 2, 2010.

It continued inside and led to him refusing to let her leave and her fearfully locking herself in the bathroom.


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