Ottawa Redblacks Suspend Chris Larsen Amid Homophobic Assault Investigation

A 24-year-old man was severely injured in a beating in Toronto last weekend.

Ottawa Redblacks Suspend Chris Larsen Amid Homophobic Assault Investigation

The Ottawa Redblacks announced on Thursday that they've suspended defensive lineman Chris Larsen amid allegations that he attacked a man with two other individuals.

"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," wrote Mark Goudie, CEO of the team's parent company, in a statement.

The assault took place at the Hanlan's Point ferry docks on the night of June 5 and left the 24-year-old victim with "significant injuries," Toronto Police Service stated in a press release.

Police stated that he and a 27-year-old woman were walking to the ferry docks when they "became involved in a disagreement with a group of people." The report then states that a man from the group made homophobic comments at them, and two men from the group assaulted the 24-year-old by "punching and kicking him."

A GoFundMe page has identified the victim as David Gomez, and has raised over $38,000 at the time of publication to support his recovery and legal fees.

"David and a friend found themselves in danger when they were outnumbered by a group of folks (approx 5+) shouting and hurling homophobic slurs at them until things reached a boiling point, which compelled the attackers to become violent, leaving David incapacitated and in need of serious medical attention," said the GoFundMe's description.