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Friday 25, Oct 2013

  Drugs And Crime Led To Fall Of Adam Braidwood

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Drugs And Crime Led To Fall Of Adam Braidwood

Adam Braidwood, a former member of the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League and MMA fighter, is struggling big time these days after abusing painkillers and street drugs.

The first overall CFL draft pick in 2006 is believed to have started using anabolic androgenic steroids when Eskimos decided to move him from a defensive end position to a tackle position. Braidwood became the first player in B.C. history to commit to an NCAA Division I school before his senior year after he gave a verbal commitment to Washington State.

The 29-year-old Braidwood was recently sentenced to a prison term of three years for forcible confinement. Braidwood pleaded guilty to the charge in a Stony Plain courtroom. In November 2010 before the Grey Cup was played in Edmonton, he was charged after witnesses reported seeing several men forcing a man into the trunk of a car in southeast Spruce Grove just after 5:30 a.m.

The sentence of three years will not mean more jail time for the defensive lineman who started his Canadian Football League career in 2006 as it will be served concurrently with a sentence of 4 1/2 years that Braidwood is already serving for sexual assault. This case pertains to a prolonged, violent argument involving Adam Braidwood with a girlfriend in their Edmonton home. The six-foot-four Braidwood entered the bathroom where the woman locked herself in and then took a pistol from their room, put one bullet in the chamber, spun it, and pulled the trigger but the gun did not fire and Braidwood then sexually assaulted her.

The once talented CFL rookie is now an accused criminal and his friends find it hard to believe. Former Edmonton Eskimos teammate A.J. Gass remarked there is a lot of potential there lost with Adam and it was lost piece by piece. He added it wasn’t just one day he decided to flip a switch and started to make bad decisions. Gass, a former CFL linebacker who spent his entire career with the Eskimos, said he understands the mental and physical toll that recovering from a knee injury can take on a professional athlete. He also remarked he blew both his knees out in back-to-back years and so he kind of knew what he was going through and added it’s devastating, and physically, you go straight downhill.

Former Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia, said Braidwood looked like the real deal – someone that was going to play in the CFL for a number of years and make a name for himself.

After being charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault involving an injured 20-year-old Stony Plain man, Braidwood was arrested again just weeks later – this time for an unrelated incident in Edmonton on December 2, 2010 and faced new charges of sexual assault, assault, threats and several other firearms related offences. Braidwood by January 2010 had been released on bail, subject to strict conditions, including an order to take addictions counseling. But he didn’t decided to learn for the good and was arrested again for the third time, along the route of the Terry Fox Hometown Run in Port Coquitlam, B.C. Braidwood  was allegedly carrying a gun and suffering from a non-life-threatening, self-inflicted wound and was again charged with several firearms-related offences.

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Friday 07, Oct 2011

  Jordan Matechuk apologizes following guilty plea

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The Canadian football player, Jordan Matechuk, is hopeful of one more chance after his career was put on hold following his steroid-related arrest in May at the U.S. border in Northern Michigan.

Future of the 25-year-old long snapper is in doubt as he tries to rehabilitate his reputation.

“Football was a big part of my life, and now it’s gone,” Matechuk said.

Friday 22, Jul 2011

  Drug arrests and drug testing in news on CFL season eve

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Drug arrests and drug testing in news on CFL season eveThe electrifying return specialist of the B.C. Lions, Yonus Davis, had 27 kilograms of ecstasy delivered to a home he was renting in California on April 9.

Davis was charged with one felony count of attempting to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute and facing a possible 20-year jail sentence.

Hamilton long-snapper Jordan Matechuk was arrested eight days ago for trying to carry drugs — 543 anabolic steroid pills, 262 milliliters of liquid anabolic steroids and 1.25 grams of marijuana, to be precise — into the country through Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Saturday 22, Nov 2008

  Canadian Football League at 50 and still with zero anti-doping program

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canadian-football-league-steroidsAs the National Football League is presently embroiled in a doping controversy, its Canadian counterpart, the CFL, is still without a doping policy to test players for anabolic steroids and related subtances.

CFL was officially founded in 1958 and is considered to be the most popular major league sports in Canada next to National Hockey League. Currently, the CFL has eight teams playing divided into two divisions, the East and the West. Each division has four teams each.

CFL’s active teams are Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Montreal Alouettes, Toronto Argonauts, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, BC Lions, Calgary Stampeders, Edmonton Eskimos, and Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The Grey Cup refers to both the championship season of the CFL and the trophy awarded to the winning team.

In the 2007 Grey Cup, the Roughriders won over the Blue Bombers.