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Ottawa Redblacks player cleared in alleged homophobic attack in Toronto

Chris Larsen was suspended by the team and his status remains unchanged – however his lawyer says it looks like he will soon be reinstated.
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An Ottawa Redblacks player, accused of an alleged homophobic attack at Hanlan’s Point in Toronto, has been cleared by police.

The lawyer for Chris Larsen says the Ottawa Redblacks defensive lineman talked to police and is no longer a suspect.

“At most, he may be a witness when they get the people that did do what occurred,” says lawyer Calvin Barry.

Barry says it looks like his client's suspension from the Redblacks will soon be lifted, but Larsen's status remains unchanged for now.

"Our investigation continues," says Mark Goudie, CEO, Ottawa Redblacks. "I know there was some news yesterday from Chris' lawyer, and we're trying to corroborate that news, as well."

Toronto Police said Wednesday an investigation is ongoing and that suspects have never been named.

Barry said Larsen made the decision to talk to police.

"He was never arrested. He went in on his own, he gave a statement, he didn't clam up, he didn't hide behind a lawyer," Barry said.

Barry said he has approached the Redblacks about the club lifting its suspension of Larsen.

"Once you're suspended that just fuels the fire and the naysayers and tweeters can say, 'Look he's been suspended now.' I feel sorry for this young lad because he has no prior criminal record, no outstanding charges," Barry said.

Police continue to look for three suspects in the case at the Toronto Islands that left 24-year-old David Gomez with significant injuries.

Investigators say a man and a woman were walking to the docks on Saturday, June 5, when a disagreement broke out between them and a group of other people.

Police say a man from that group made the comments, and two men from the group assaulted the victim, leaving him with significant injuries.

Officers were seeking three suspects — two men and a woman.

On the night of the suspension, Goudie said, "We are particularly sorry for the trauma caused to the 2SLGBTQ+ community."

Larsen has not played a game in the CFL.

-- with files from The Canadian Press

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