MONTREAL – “Shocked”, “surprised” and “shocked”, this is how the members of the Alouettes reacted to the arrest of full-back Christophe Normand in connection with the accusation of soliciting a teenager for sexual purposes.
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The 30-year-old man was arrested on his property in Eastman, Estrie on Thursday. He pleaded not guilty to two counts of luring a person under the age of 18, including one of luring a person under the age of 16 or that the accused believed he was under the age of 16 at the time of the offense . The facts of which he is accused took place on 9 August in the municipality of Bromont.
“I was shocked,” replied Danny Maciocia, when asked about his reaction when he heard about it.
The general manager and interim coach of the Alouettes declined to comment too much on the matter, but nevertheless indicated that he had discussed the matter with his players.
“This is a conversation that will remain private. We addressed the issue and it was the first thing I wanted to do when I got back from the week off, ”she said on Monday, after exercising her family.
The president of the Alouettes, Mario Cecchini, allowed himself to be more talkative.
“It’s a really sad situation. Our thoughts go first of all to the girl, this teenager who had a lot of courage to denounce him.
“There is the presumption of innocence and we understand it well,” he later said. But when the police arrive at your home and everything is done within two weeks, it means that the young woman who lived there presented important evidence to the police.
On Friday, “Als” suspended Normand until further notice after consulting the Canadian Football League (CFL).
In terms of football
In addition to having to deal with the human aspects of this sordid affair, the Alouettes also have to find solutions on a sporting level.
Normand very rarely touched the ball, but he was an important part of the attack in terms of protection. He was also on special teams.
“We can play with two ball carriers or insert a larger receiver, such as Régis Cibasu. We can also use an offensive sixth lineman. We have to be creative “, Maciocia expressed.
“They [Normand] he was involved in about 10% of our offensive actions, “said running back coach André Bolduc. We will replace him with elements that we have in place at the moment.”
The one who also wears the assistant manager’s hat also said that offensive linesman Pier-Olivier Lestage and wide receiver Tyson Philpot will be among those who will take on more responsibility.
Additionally, Maciocia revealed that he hasn’t made any moves to get a new center-back yet and has no plans to do so until Friday night’s clash against Rouge and Ottawa Black.