Ex-football player sent to drug rehab

Adam Braidwood, when he was arrested outside of the Port Coquitlam Terry Fox Hometown Run in September. - JENNIFER GAUTHIER/THE TRI-CITY NEWS
Adam Braidwood, when he was arrested outside of the Port Coquitlam Terry Fox Hometown Run in September.

A former Canadian Football League player involved in a bizarre shooting incident in Port Coquitlam in September has been released from North Fraser Pretrial Centre but will have to report to a drug rehabilitation facility.

Adam Braidwood has been in custody since Sept. 25 after 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 said they found several rounds fired into the interior walls of a nearby home.

The 27-year-old is not allowed to leave the rehabilitation facility without an escort and the judge ordered a $10,000 surety and several other conditions.

Braidwood is facing seven charges related to the PoCo incident, including careless use of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm and knowingly possessing a firearm without a licence.

But the former Edmonton Eskimos’ legal troubles do not end with the Port Coquitlam incident.

Braidwood’s lawyer, Kris Pechet, told The Tri-City News that the situation is complicated by previous legal issues in Alberta dating back to last year.

In November 2010 he was charged with forcible confinement and aggravated assault after witnesses reported seeing an injured man being stuffed into the trunk of a car.

While on bail he was again arrested on charges of domestic assault, uttering threats and weapons offences.

Braidwood is a former Washington State football product and was drafted first overall in the 2006 CFL Canadian draft but was released by the Eskimos in April because of his legal issues.

He was Edmonton’s nominee for the Outstanding Rookie award in 2006 but a knee injury forced him to sit out the 2008 and 2009 seasons.



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