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Ottawa RedBlacks Suspend Chris Larsen

June 9, 2021 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Ottawa RedBlacks News Release

OTTAWA - The Ottawa REDBLACKS announced today that they have suspended defensive lineman Chris Larsen.

"Late last night, we were made aware of social media allegations of an assault by a group of individuals that included Chris Larsen and immediately commenced an investigation which is ongoing. Today we were advised that an investigation by the Toronto Police is underway," said Mark Goudie, CEO of the REDBLACKS' parent company, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG).

"I don't pretend to know all of the specifics of this incident, but let me say this, the REDBLACKS and OSEG are proud of the role that we play in our community and we are committed to continuing to build an organization, both on and off the field, that reflects the values of our community. Diversity and inclusion are central to our organizational values and we will try our best to use our platform to help make acts of hate and violence, including homophobia, stop. We recognize there are larger systemic issues that plague our society, and as an organization, we know that we can play a role in making our community a more tolerant, respectful, educated and inclusive place."

"We are particularly sorry for the trauma caused to the 2SLGBTQ+ community."

Larsen was drafted in the 2019 CFL draft but had not appeared in a game with the REDBLACKS.

OSEG will have no further comments on this matter while the Toronto Police investigation is ongoing.

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