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McGill Redmen football player acquitted of assault, uttering threats charges

01/29/2015 05:13 EST | Updated 03/31/2015 05:59 EDT
A McGillRedmen university football player charged with assault and uttering threats in Montreal last fall has been acquitted.

Luis-Andres Guimont-Mota was found not guilty on the spot in court today after the plaintiff in the case withdrew her complaint against him.

Guimont-Mota, 23, was arrested in September 2014, following an incident involving his wife at the time.

He was released on bail.

Guimont-Mota, who was the Redmen’s star running back, was suspended from the team by the university administration after it learned of his arrest and a prior conviction for assault in Quebec City in 2010.

The business management student was awarded the team's 2013 Dan Pronyk Memorial Trophy for most outstanding offensive player.

McGill said at the time Guimont-Mota should never have been permitted to join the team — a statement which prompted Redmen football coach Clint Uttley to resign in protest.

Guimont-Mota always maintained he was unfairly accused in the case and that he was the victim, not the assailant.

Uttley told CBC he's pleased with today's outcome in court.

"[McGill] got it wrong from the beginning. I’m not going to take pot shots at them because it’s already cost them their head player and their head coach and who knows what else it’s going to cost them, but I’m just happy for Luis," he said.

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