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.