Drugs, steroids blamed for fall of ex-Eskimo Braidwood

Adam Braidwood, a former member of the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League, is seen...

Adam Braidwood, a former member of the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League, is seen getting arrested in Port Coquitlam, B.C., on gun charges Sept. 18, 2011. (Courtesy Tri-City News)

TONY BLAIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:50 AM ET

EDMONTON - A bad combination of drugs and steroids are blamed for the tragic descent from football star to prison convict for former Edmonton Eskimo Adam True Braidwood.

According to court documents obtained by QMI Agency, Braidwood -- the first overall CFL draft pick in 2006 -- first began abusing painkillers and then street drugs because of two serious knee injuries he suffered on the gridiron.

Then, after having to seriously bulk up when the Eskimos decided to move him from a defensive end position to a tackle position, Braidwood turned to anabolic steroids.

The Vancouver-area athlete then began spiralling out of control, getting into mixed martial arts, hanging out with unsavoury characters and exhibiting strange behaviour.

The end result was the 29-year-old being sentenced to a total of five and a half years in prison as a result of him pleading guilty to various and separate offences in Edmonton, Stony Plain and Port Coquitlam, B.C.


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