HALIFAX - The Halifax Rainmen have suspended Tyler Richards indefinitely until his court case is over for an assault charge stemming from an alleged weekend bar incident.
Team owner Andre Levingston made the announcement Tuesday, one day after the news of the charge was made public.
“We’re going to suspend him for now, pending the outcome of the investigation,” Levingston said on Tuesday afternoon. “Naturally, the allegation is a concern of ours. We think it’s best right now that Tyler deals with the situation in front of him. We think he should focus on that, and two, we want to know what the outcome will be and we’ll take it from there.”
Police officers responded to an incident at Taboo nightclub early Sunday morning where a 22-year-old woman alleged she was assaulted by a 27-year-old man inside the bar.
Richards, a guard with the Rainmen, was held in custody overnight and faces a single count of assault for the alleged incident. He is due in court Jan. 30.
Levingston said the team is taking the matter very seriously.
“We’ll let due process take its course,” he said. “There are two different sides. The truth is in the middle. We bring in these gentlemen to represent our city and our club. These are very serious allegations against him and we need to make sure this is dealt with in the proper way.”
Richards has had one previous encounter with the law. A former star with the St. Francis Xavier X-Men men’s basketball team, Richards saw his final varsity season end prematurely when he and two teammates were charged after a man was punched and kicked during a fight in February 2009.
Richards was sentenced to fourth months house arrest in April 2010 on a single count of assault causing bodily harm.
“He’s really disappointed,” Levingston said of Richards. “All the hard work he’s put into cleaning up his character and rebuilding his image is right back to zero. Now he’s got to start all over again.”
- by Andrew Rankin - Metro Halifax