Euclid Cummings facing sexual assault charge in B.C.: report

Euclid Cummings, the former B.C. Lion defensive tackle who had his contract voided by the CFL on Wednesday, has been charged with four criminal counts including sexual assault according to a Post Media report.

From the story:

Provincial court documents show the 6-foot-3, 300-pound Atlanta native was charged last April with four criminal offences involving two alleged victims stemming from incidents in Vancouver on Oct. 16, 2016. His team at the time, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, played their regular-season finale at B.C. Place on Oct. 14, 2016.

Cummings is charged with sexual assault, assault and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm to one person, and the sexual assault of another.

The charges were filed on April 27, 2017 but only came to light on Wednesday.

The league issued a statement on Wednesday saying it was cancelling the $150,000 deal Cummings signed with the Lions in February. The contract reportedly included a $70,000 signing bonus that will count against the team’s cap.

“Upon learning of the criminal charges facing Euclid Cummings, CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie has voided his contract with the BC Lions,” the statement read. “As these charges are before the courts, the CFL will offer no further comment.”

The Lions issued a statement from general manager Ed Hervey that said the matter “is before the criminal courts and under a publication ban.”

Cummings played with the Edmonton Eskimos last season after being charged, recording 21 tackles and eight sacks. He began his career with the Argonauts in 2014 and played two seasons in Toronto before joining the Bombers in 2016. He’s played in 53 games, registering 62 tackles and 19 sacks.

The CFL constitution gives Ambrosie wide latitude in registering contracts with the league and likely would not have accepted Cummings’ deal with B.C. – or the one with Edmonton last season – had they known about the charges.

There will also be questions about what, if anything, the Bombers and Eskimos knew about the incident and the subsequent charges.

Cummings is set to go to trial in a B.C. Provincial Court in Vancouver on Oct. 15, 2018.

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45 Comments on Euclid Cummings facing sexual assault charge in B.C.: report

  1. CFLFAN1 // March 7, 2018 at 7:33 pm //

    That’s swift Canadian justice. The incidents allegedly occurred on Oct. 16/2016 with the trial starting Oct. 15/2018.

  2. Bruce Forsythe // March 7, 2018 at 7:34 pm //

    Another victim of the #WeToo movement ???

    • Not This Time // March 7, 2018 at 8:16 pm //

      Uh, you might be using the word “victim” wrong. I think it’s usually associated with people who are assaulted.

    • Johnny Blumpkin // March 8, 2018 at 9:16 am //

      Bruce Forsythe: another victim of the Tide Pod eating movement.

  3. Edward Leslie // March 7, 2018 at 7:38 pm //

    I wonder if the Edmonton Eskimos knew about this charge against him? If they did, and B.C. didn’t (As Ed Hervey stated), maybe the Eskimos should pay the Lions back for the $70,000 bonus??
    Anyway, it’s good to see Randy Ambrosie taking swift action upon hearing about these charges.
    So many of these players from the U.S. that come up to Canada are dirtbags and drug users.
    I think the CFL should lower the import ratio, and play more Canadians.

    • This has to be the dumbest comment I have seen on the site for awhile. The Eskimos didn’t trade him so how they liable for anything? Get a clue bud

  4. Agreed.
    There is no reason not to play more Canadians.
    It’s the C-F-L.

  5. Doug Mc Clintock // March 7, 2018 at 7:57 pm //

    The CFL should have a small c in describing their league. Most players are from the USA. What is the ratio for Canadians to play on each team ?

  6. One bad apple makes the whole basket look bad I guess from the comments. I guess the only way to resolve the problem is make the ENTIRE ROSTER Canadian and also do the same for the coaches who coach these druggies and finish off things with making the front office personnel all Canadian. Quality of play will go thru the roof, all seats will be sold out league wide and everybody will be happy. Good luck!

  7. Edward Leslie // March 7, 2018 at 8:16 pm //

    Jim, I said LOWER the US ratio, not eliminate it. Typical misrepresentation from you.
    And no, it’s not just an isolated incident. If you pay attention to the bios of these players, a large percentage of them have criminal records. Its not just this Cummings and CFLer in waiting, Johnny Manziel.

  8. Drboom2000 // March 7, 2018 at 8:35 pm //

    With johnny assclown it’s a moral issue, he has had the charges dismissed, is this guy a good fit for a league with all his issues. if this other guy was charged in April, why did nobody know, this sounds fishy

  9. Well at least he made his gaurenteed $70000 to pay for laywers!

  10. I don’t understand people bringing the ratio into this — how is that AT ALL relevant? Oh, I forgot, all Canadian football players are complete saints. [/sarcasm]

    Plenty of Americans playing up here DO NOT get charged for sexual assaults and physical assaults and other illegal actions.

    This is about Cummings and what the charges allege. He’ll have his day in court and face further judgement.

    In the meantime, the league has sent a strong message it won’t be associated with people in this situation. Though apparently if charges are cleared Ambrosie is willing to let them play ball… but that’s another debate.

    • * And by “plenty of Americans” I mean the vast majority. Some have done things in their past and payed the price, or committed misdemeanors and paid their fines. But if you looked at rosters I would bet both represent a very small percentage of players.

  11. most of the above comments are just plain stupid!! of course no canadians ever cross the line, remember edmonton’s 1st round draft choice DL adam braidwood!! boy I still can’t believe how dumb certain CFL fans are!! 2 bad they don’t buy tickets to the CFL games but sit in front of their IDIOT BOXES watching as jerry glanville says the NOT FOR LONG LEAGUE(NFL)!!

  12. Hookan Slice // March 7, 2018 at 9:41 pm //

    If it’s before the courts then wait for a verdict. If he’s guilty, then good riddance.
    The league has passed judgement before the courts, that’s wrong.

  13. WELL someone Knew the DEAL..

    • B.C. Dave // March 10, 2018 at 7:34 pm //

      Maybe not but the league SHOULD have. Cops don’t “investigate” J walking. That fact cops were investigating and the Bombers made the league aware of this, I feel the league ‘dropped the ball’ (pardon the pun) on this one for not following up more closely, or should I say not following up period.

  14. Edward Leslie // March 7, 2018 at 11:01 pm //

    msd, you’re wrong. This isn’t an isolated incident.
    There have been many, many American scumbag players coming north: Lawrence Phillips, Dexter Manley, Yonus Davis, Trevis Smith, Steve Muhammad, Anthony McClanahan, Reggie Rogers, Chad Johnson, etc, etc. You just don’t see Canadian hockey players in the U.S. disgracing their teams very often in comparison. The NFL has even been called the “National Felons League” by critics.
    The Saskatchewan Roughriders alone has numerous players with drug charges including Duron Carter, Willie Jefferson, Bruce Campbell, Makana Henry (Okay, one Canadian), Shaq Ford and Taylor Mays. Plus the previously released Justin Cox, who had domestic violence charges againsr him.Thats more than ALL 31 NHL teams have! The Riders are a haven for scumbags it seems. Clearly IT IS a problem!

    • Hang on there Edward, I didn’t say “isolated incident” now, did I. Please re-read what I wrote more carefully this time.

      I said “plenty” — i.e., “vast majority”. When you consider the hundreds of American players that come through the league every year, those who stay on a roster and the many more who never see more than a practice field, the proportion who have criminal records or have been brought up on charges is very small.

      Even so, it’s clear the league is now taking a harder line on this. Perhaps some players or agents will legally challenge that, but we’ll see.

    • Wideout // March 8, 2018 at 8:33 am //

      7 of the first 8 names you mention had 0 time in Sask yet you single out the greatest franchise in the league as the haven for scumbags??

  15. Edward Leslie // March 7, 2018 at 11:26 pm //

    Kyle: I realize that Euclid Cummings went to the B.C. Lions as a free agent, and wasn’t traded by Edmonton. Still, if Edmonton had any knowledge of the charges against Cummings, they should’ve informed the B.C. Lions. Both are “business partners” in our nine team Canadian Football League, right?
    My concern, if Edmonton did have information about Cummings, is that they said nothing because they might have wanted Ed Hervey to look bad.
    Hervey and the Eskimos didn’t exactly part on good terms. Everyone knows the problems between Hervey and Eskimos President Len Rhodes.
    Hopefully the Eskimos knew nothing of these charges against Euclid Cummings, because if they did, it would be unethical to stay silent.

  16. Another day in the CFL…another FPSer. Sadly this league is following in the footsteps of it’s NFL brethren.

  17. Jim Harvie // March 8, 2018 at 8:13 am //

    Nothing like a sex scandal to gee up interest among the commentariat. Especially rich to see people and orgs take action and make statements but still cop- out with ”as this matter is before the courts we will make no comment”. Just made a comment calling s press conference dufus. 6

  18. Edward Leslie // March 8, 2018 at 9:40 am //

    Wideout, I also mentioned seven current or recent Riders who were drug users or a spousal abuser (Justin Cox). SEVEN! From one team! That sure doesn’t sound like “the greatest franchise in the CFL” to me. It sounds like a group of thugs and lowlifes disgracing the CFL.
    As for others through the years, Besides the infamous Trevis Smith, who was deported back to the U.S., there are many others. Saskatchewan has employed Tearrius George, Kennedy Nkeysen, Dwight Anderson, Taj Smith, Jason Mallett, Kiitwana Jones, Teryl Ulmer, Reggie Slack and, of course, Mr. Eric Tillman. All could be considered scumbags. And those are just the ones that came to mind.
    I won’t get into all their offences, but none were for jaywalking or parking in a handicapped space!
    Chris Jones will probably keep Euclid Cummings in mind if he ever gets to play in the CFL. He fits the Rider/ Chris Jones profile.

    • That list of “recent Riders” dates all the way back to 1997 and only Cox has any connection to Jones. I would suggest it would not be too difficult to come up with a similar list for each of the other 40 professional football teams in North America. Unfortunately a pretty systemic issue and more instances in football due to much larger rosters than other sports.

      • Thanks, Peter. Obviously, a knee-jerk reaction (as listed above) just shows the absolute arrogance of some by the comments listed. I would think the CFL should be investigating this matter very carefully due to the serious charges placed on Euclid Cummings and consider charging Winnipeg and perhaps Edmonton for allowing a serious offender to play football since those charges occurred in mid-October 2016. Let’s be clear: Every organization has had their issues. It’s just some that are very naive (in fact, rude) to only think of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Remember, “Run, Ricky, Run.” I’m sure the Argonauts remember Mr. Williams very well after the NFL banned the former Dolphins running back for a period of time. Yet, the CFL allowed Williams to cross north of the border when pot was considered a no-no in most parts. And what about the Edmonton Eskimos and Hamilton Tiger-Cats also allowing Eric Tilleman into their organizations after Saskatchewan fired Tilleman for his sleazy doings? Remember the backlash fans across the league directed towards the Hamilton Tiger-Cats when the team tried to allow Art Briles to coach the offence last season? Briles, as many of us recall, was a former college head coach from Baylor who was fired after he tried covering up several sexual assault allegations by his team. And I could write a book on each allegation by the “entire” league, not only the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Talk on this site is extremely cheap and degrading by some at the very best of times.

    • Well we know for sure that Eric Tillman fits the Tigercat profile and he was shown the door by Sask because he didn’t fit their profile.

      • And don’t forget Tommie Campbell running with a loot of drugs from his mother’s place. Funny how some forget about the allegations on “every” team. Finger pointing is a joke!!!

    • Jeff Dummy Stump // March 8, 2018 at 1:35 pm //

      Well let’s keep going with your theory, here’s a list of other teams players who could be considered scumbags:
      Calgary
      Joffrey Reynolds, Roy Finch, Tommie Campbell, Jonathan Hefney, Brandon Underwood, Lawrence Phillips, Dwight Anderson, Anthon McClanahan
      BC
      Yonus Davis, Herman Smith, Chris Rainey, Garry Sawatzky
      Winnipeg
      Kyries Hebert, Onterrio Smith, Mike Kelly, Juran Bolden, Jonathan Hefney, Myron Wise, Mack Herron, Mike Sellers
      etc. etc. Robert Sands, Chad Johnson, Anthony Davis, Cody Ledbetter, Dexter Manley.
      Point is every team has taken someone with a shady past, but let’s just pour out your hate for the Riders team and not mention your own.

  19. People like Bruce Forsythe (see above) who, who spin the perpetrator into a victim, thus endorsing the mistreatment of women, should not be allowed to post on this, or any, site. It only serves to embolden the offenders, and trivialize the vile nature of their offences. He should be investigated for hate crimes.

  20. Edward Leslie // March 8, 2018 at 3:14 pm //

    Jeff: Good list. I knew about many of them, but didn’t know about (or forgot) some like Mike Sellers, Herman Smith and Chris Rainey.
    Onterrio Smith was caught bringing in a so called “whizzanator” through customs, a device for cheating on drug tests. And Winnipeg very nearly signed another infamous scumbag, Adam “Pacman” Jones!
    Toronto signed a receiver, who never made the team in T.C. a few years back, eho had been banished by the NFL after a fight at a club with police after being caught with a bag full of cocaine!
    Definitely every team has had these embarrassing criminals and thugs, but I still would bet the farm
    that Saskatchewan leads the CFL by a longshot.
    It’s the nature of the CFL that a lot of these very talented players are coming north, instead of making big bucks in the NFL, for a reason. The CFL needs to crack down on the abundance of undeserving thugs and criminals in our league by being stricter, and lowering the import/ international ratio to about 15.

  21. edward leslie, and which scumbag team do you cheer for.tell us all.

  22. Edward Leslie // March 8, 2018 at 6:09 pm //

    wild Willy: I am a fan of the Edmonton Eskimos. Cummings was a member of the Esks, as was Adam Braidwood. Still, the Eskimos are near the bottom of the “Scum-O- Meter”. The #1 scummy team? Saskatchewan Roughriders.

    • So then, Edward, as you constantly mention Saskatchewan being the “scummiest” team, why in God’s name would Edmonton sign Euclid Cummings to a contract after Winnipeg was aware of Cummings’ charges in Vancouver? And why would Edmonton quietly allow Cummings (who had an outstanding season in 2017) to become a free agent without saying a word? Did the Eskimos know something that B.C. didn’t? Probably.

      And going back a few years, why would Edmonton have the audacity to sign Eric Tilleman to a GM contract when the Roughriders released him even though the courts did not find Tilleman guilty for his activity with a minor? And yes, the Roughriders “released” Tilleman due to his “alleged” activity, while your green and gold team had no problem with Tilleman’s activity. Shame on the Eskimos!!!

      Kudos to the Eskimos, though, for “finally” getting rid of Adam Braidwood in April 2012 when he was charged in a November incident in 2010 for aggravated assault and forcible confinement. Braidwood followed that up with another incident a month later with sexual assault in an unrelated incident. But the Eskimos kept Braidwood for an entire year-and-a-half before he was released?Why so long?

      Talk is really cheap. It seems that some love to harbour their hate on the Riders. Yet, every organization has a shady past as mentioned in this writing.

    • Raging Roumanian // March 9, 2018 at 5:44 pm //

      Figures you are an Eskimo fan with all the Rider hate. Give your head a shake, every team has bad apples. Even your beloved and crappy Shmoes. Change your nick name, that is scummy.

  23. Edward Leslie // March 9, 2018 at 2:38 am //

    greenrider, you’re right. Every team has their shady moments. Right when this story broke, I questioned whether Edmonton knew about it or not.
    Winnipeg is admitting they did, and shame on them.
    I personally thought that Tillman had suffered enough ostracization for what he did, and supported the Esks naming him G.M., but the Eskimos were wrong to do that. The reason: The vast majority of Edmonton fans (unlike me) didn’t forgive him. The team should always go with what the majority thinks.
    Those people pay the bills, afterall.

  24. Edward Leslie // March 9, 2018 at 2:45 am //

    Adam Braidwood will always leave a black mark in Eskimos history. Not only did he turn out to be a thug and a lowlife, the Eskimos could’ve taken JON CORNISH in the draft instead!
    Another interesting note, because of having Adam Braidwood, the Eskimos eventually decided to release a promising young American defensive lineman named Joe A’anoai. A’noai nowadays goes by the moniker ROMAN REIGNS and us one of the top superstars in the W.W.E.!
    Braidwood’s supposed redemption in the boxing ring even went horribly wrong. Last year, another boxer list his life after a severe beatdown courtesy of Mr. Braidwood. Sad in every way.

    • Edward, I appreciate your honesty stated in the above remarks. I agree the Roughriders have suffered some very low moments in their history. But I believe every team and fans of those teams have suffered letdowns by players, coaches and management alike regarding the law as illustrated in this story. I really believe, though, it’s time the CFL started penalizing teams for allowing these situations to occur. And that includes the Roughriders. Afterall, this is a professional league, and it’s a league supported by fans like you, and I. And it’s rather embarrassing for everyone associated with the CFL to have things like this happen. I personally support some of what the NFL does with lifetime sentences for some of this nonsense. Or being shunned by every team in the league. The CFL did take a stand on Justin Cox for aggravated assault. And likewise, we don’t need an athlete like Euclid Cummings to make a name as a predator. In fact, as a CFL fan, I find this rather embarrassing for a professional league. The CFL has to make a stand on this nonsense, otherwise, in my view, we’re not dealing with a professional league anymore.

  25. Edward Leslie // March 10, 2018 at 8:36 am //

    Raging Roumanian: Put down that koolaid. It’s hypnotizing you into believing the Political correctness that’s so prevalent in our society.
    There is NOTHING wrong with the name “Eskimos”. There is nothing derogatory or racist about it in anyway. It’s just a name historically given to the people, who now call themselves the Inuit.
    Randy Ambrosie says he’s cool with it. A recent survey of Eskimos fans was about 99% in favour of keeping it too. Probably the 1% who didn’t were Justin Trudeau sycophants who HAVE partaken of the Political correctness Koolaid.

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