Ottawa Redblacks player accused in homophobic attack

Victim says attackers hurled slurs before knocking him unconscious near Hanlan’s Point

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A badly beaten Toronto man spent part of Wednesday under the knife in hospital while the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks were tackling allegations on social media that one of their players unleashed a weekend beating the victim says was motivated by homophobia.

The Redblacks said in a statement they “are aware of allegations made on social media involving a player in the organization. The team is currently investigating.”

So are Toronto Police.

“I was knocked unconscious and beat nearly to death,” David Gomez, 24, wrote on social media.

He considers himself lucky to be alive.

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“I was dragged around, kicked and punched in the face. I now have a broken nose with a shattered face,” he posted. “On my way home from the beach a group of men decided to poke some fun at me by following me around and calling me ‘f—-t’ and ‘h–o.’”

Gomez is recovering from the brutal Saturday evening beating that happened close to the ferry docks near Hanlan’s Point.

Gomez wrote he has “multiple lacerations across my body, a broken tooth… oh and I also have a slight fracture on my right hip…”

Toronto Police confirmed they have launched an investigation into the aggravated assault.

And they are “… scouring for video, recovering evidence and speaking to witnesses to establish the motive,” a police statement said.

Investigators are looking for three unidentified suspects in connection with the attack.

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The first suspect is described as a black man, 25 to 32 years old, about 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, with a muscular build and dreadlocks who had a bicycle.

The second suspect is described as a white man, about 5-foot-6, with a thin build, who may have dreadlocks.

The third suspect is described as white woman, 22 to 28 years old, about 5-foot-5 and 180 pounds, with long blond hair.

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The Hate Crimes Unit has also been notified.

This disturbing incident comes during Pride Month.

“It is heartbreaking to hear this happened,” Pride Toronto wrote in a statement, “These kinds of attacks highlight why it’s important that Pride Toronto brings awareness of homophobia, transphobia, biphobia in our community.”

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The organizer of a GoFundme page to help with Gomez’s recovery wrote that “David is recovering, still in shock from the incident and requires additional surgeries to mend the broken bones in his face and hip.”

As of Wednesday afternoon that fund had raised over $30,000.

slaurie@postmedia.com

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