An assault occurred late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning in Toronto that left a Gay man, David Gomez with multiple injuries, and requiring surgery. Thanks to social media, at least one of the attackers was identified.
Ottawa Redblacks DE Chris Larsen was seen by witnesses among the group of 5 men accused of the horrible attack. We reported the story yesterday, but here is a follow-up.
The CFL, the Redblacks, and the Toronto police all released statements Wednesday, after the reports hit social media.
“We would not speculate on those alleged to be involved until charges have been laid. However, if anyone has any information about the suspects they should contact police so we can thoroughly investigate.”Toronto Police
Larsen, 25, was drafted by Ottawa in the 6th round of the 2019 draft, but has yet to play in a game in the CFL.
The Redblacks also released their statement via Twitter:
Larsen has been suspended by the team amid the allegations, but it appears that this might be a pattern.
We learned via Twitter that the former Manitoba player has a history of unsavory comments, and homophobic social media posts. We won’t share them here but they were provided by a source after the story broke.
We want to believe in people. That past mistakes can be overcome. But when those choices continue to happen over a period of time they become on a stain on that person’s character.
We do hope that Larsen can overcome these choices. But more than that, we hope the LGBTQ community can overcome the ongoing hate and discrimination they have to deal with in a daily basis.
No one should ever have to hide who they are. Too many people in the world today feel like they have to so that thing like what happened to David Gomez don’t happen to them.
Mr Gomez, we wish you a speedy recovery.
And hope the rest of Pride Month gets better for you.