Ottawa Redblacks release receiver Quan Bray following revelation of sexual assault charge

Photo courtesy: Dominick Gravel/Montreal Alouettes

The Ottawa Redblacks have cut ties with receiver Quan Bray after he was revealed to be facing sexual assault charges stemming from his time with the Montreal Alouettes.

The team issued the following statement late Thursday night.

“The Ottawa Redblacks were made aware, Thursday, of criminal charges pending against receiver Quan Bray.

Bray has been released by the organization.”

The allegations against Bray came to light earlier in the day, when a Montreal judge issued an arrest warrant for the receiver after he missed a scheduled court date. That warrant was later cancelled.

Bray was arrested in April for allegedly sexually assaulting and choking a woman while playing for the Alouettes in 2021. He is also accused of obstructing justice between December 5, 2021, and July 21, 2022, while trying to convince the woman to withdraw her police complaint. The allegations have not yet been proven in court.

The 30-year-old pass catcher joined the Redblacks in October of 2022 but did not see action that season. He has started in each of the first two games this year, making seven receptions for 153 yards.

Bray was listed as a starter for Friday’s matchup with the Edmonton Elks. He will be replaced in the lineup by Siaosi Mariner.

Bray first arrived in the CFL in 2019 with the Montreal Alouettes, catching 58 passes for 818 yards and six touchdowns in 15 games. He returned to the team in 2021 and suited up for 12 games, posting 35 receptions for 481 yards and two touchdowns.

The LaGrange, Ga. native nearly missed the 2021 season after he was arrested in February 2020 for transporting 157 pounds of marijuana alongside former Auburn University teammate Greg Robinson. One of the charges against him was dropped, while he pled guilty to the other and was required to pay a fine.

Bray played his college football at Auburn University before spending parts of four seasons in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo Bills, and Houston Texans.