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Former Canadian Football League player Adam Braidwood, who was arrested Sunday on gun charges in Port Coquitlam, will remain behind bars for at least two more weeks. - TRI-CITY NEWS FILE PHOTO
Former Canadian Football League player Adam Braidwood, who was arrested Sunday on gun charges in Port Coquitlam, will remain behind bars for at least two more weeks.
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A former Canadian Football League player arrested Sunday on gun charges in Port Coquitlam will remain behind bars for at least two more weeks.

Adam Braidwood was taken into custody without incident when a Coquitlam RCMP officer who was directing traffic for the Terry Fox Run was confronted by a man carrying what was believed to be a gun. Police discovered bullet holes inside a nearby home and said the former Edmonton Eskimo is facing several weapons charges.

In court on Wednesday, the hulking former defensive end, known as The Boogeyman during his football career, sat quietly wearing blue jeans and a green shirt.

His representative, Kris Pechet, while not his official lawyer, said he would be acting on behalf of the accused until discussions could take place with a lawyer representing Braidwood on outstanding matters in Alberta.

The 28-year-old's previous legal troubles date back to November 2010, when witnesses reported seeing an injured man being stuffed into the trunk of a car. Braidwood was charged with forcible confinement and aggravated assault.

While on bail he again had a run-in with police that led to charges of domestic assault, uttering threats and weapons offences.

Pechet, who coached football at Seaquam secondary, where Braidwood played in the late 1990s, said he could not comment on the defendant's state of mind. An injury Braidwood was treated for after his arrest was healing fine, he added.

Pechet said he has only seen a small portion of the particulars related to the PoCo arrest and said he would likely have more information when the accused returns to court for a hearing on Oct. 5. Until then, Braidwood will remain at the North Fraser Pre-trial Centre in PoCo.

The former Washington State football product was drafted first overall in the 2006 CFL Canadian draft and was Edmonton's nominee for the Outstanding Rookie award in 2006; a knee injury forced him to sit out the 2008 and 2009 season. He was released by the Eskimos in April because of his legal issues.

gmckenna@tricitynews.com

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