St. Clair College football player suspended over gun charges


A St. Clair College football player is suspended after Brantford police charged him with having a gun during a game.

Running back and slotback player Brendan McCraney, 23, was charged with a dozen gun-related offenses on Sunday, police said. Officers were made aware of a restricted, unloaded firearm a player had during a football game at Bison’s Alumni / North Park Sports Complex in North Park Street in Brantford.

According to the press release, police found the gun and the cartridge magazine, which they claim are “restricted items”. They said the gun’s serial number had also been “tampered with and was no longer readable.”

McCraney now faces several counts, including “reckless” handling of a firearm, carrying a weapon at a public meeting, possession of an unauthorized firearm and forgery. the serial number of the weapon.

“This is a difficult situation that the college and obviously the team went through,” said St. Clair College vice president of communications John Fairley.

“What happened this weekend is unfortunate, was unforeseen and it’s a winning franchise team and with that… the team has regrouped, the player is under investigation.”

Fairley said St. Clair College would not make any further comments as the situation is under investigation.

McCraney’s loss comes as the St. Clair Fratmen team are on a six-game winning streak and just weeks after McCraney was named Player of the Week by the Ontario Football Conference.

Running back Brendan McCraney is now suspended from the St. Clair Fratmen team. (Ontario Football Conference / Facebook)

Windsor sports podcast host says it will be a ‘challenge’

Drake D’Amore, host of the WinCity Sports podcast, told CBC News Thursday that he didn’t think a suspended McCraney would have so much of an impact on the team.

“It will be a challenge, but I think in the future, with the team mentality, they can still fight for that winning culture that they already have,” D’Amore said.

“In [McCraney’s] position obviously, he succeeded, gain yards, gain distance for his team. Football is a game like chess and every player has a role and he has been excellent at it. ”

The team’s next game is October 31 in Windsor.

McCraney is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Brantford on November 19.

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