Bracebridge Resident Assaulted During Lacrosse Tournament In Orillia

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Bracebridge Resident Gord Brown is recovering after being assaulted Friday night in Orillia. Brown has visited an eye specialist at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie and suffers from headaches as a result of the assault.

Dwayne Palomaki, the male accused and charged with assault was the acting trainer for the Innisfil midget team during the game Friday night. Palomaki was given a game misconduct for verbal abuse to officials and was ejected from the game according to a  league source. Referee in Chief, Gord Brown checked to make sure that Palomaki left the building and that is when the alleged assault took place.

A league source said they have had previous problems with Palomaki in the past. Dwayne Palomaki has been suspended by the league.

“I cannot thank everyone enough for the incredible support you have all been. I will be seeing an eye specialist and I hope that all goes well. As much as I’d like to finish the tournament my family and I decided it was better for me to go home and rest. The texts from family, friends and fellow refs, the messages of support from the amazing lacrosse community that I am a part of in Canada and the US have been truly inspiring” says Gord Brown

The Orillia OPP have laid a charge in relation to an assault on a lacrosse referee in the City of Orillia. On Friday June 14, 2019 shortly after 10:00 p.m. police responded to a call for an assault at Rotary Place in Orillia.

Police found the male victim, Gord Brown who lives in Bracebridge to be bleeding (Pictured) as a result of a physical altercation. The referee was assaulted after a verbal dispute. Police conducted an investigation and formed grounds to charge 47 year old Dwayne Palomaki with Assault Causing Bodily Harm.

On June 15, 2019 the suspect was arrested and released on a Promise to Appear in court next month.

The investigation into this matter is continuing. If anyone has any information to this incident or was a witness they are encouraged to contact the Orillia OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or 705-326-3536.

The league has releases the following statement:

The officiating community has always been an important part of the sport of lacrosse, and the Ontario Lacrosse Association’s (OLA) Board of Directors values the competency, passion and dedication that members of the officiating community display each season.
The safety of all OLA members, which includes our game officials and administrators, is of the utmost importance to us.
The Ontario Lacrosse Association is aware of a serious incident that took place during a minor lacrosse tournament on Friday, June 14th, 2019 in Orillia, ON, involving an alleged assault on referee administrator Gord Brown by a non-playing bench personnel member who had been previously expelled from the game. Emergency services were summoned to attend to the victim, and an arrest was made by the Ontario Provincial Police in connection with the assault. We offer thanks to the emergency first responders in Orillia for their immediate assistance and professionalism.
Following receipt of reports related to this situation, OLA staff and Board of Directors members reached out to both Mr. Brown and the Orillia Tournament Committee Executive to offer their support. Additional OLA Representatives were mobilized to be on site in Orillia yesterday and today to ensure the successful operation of remaining tournament games, and to meet in person with Mr. Brown. Separately, OLA VP of Minor Box Jennifer Matheson acted to immediately suspend the membership of the non-playing bench personnel member reported to have been involved, effectively barring him from sanctioned OLA events. Going forward, additional sanctions and support will be discussed in accordance with the authority of the OLA’s Board of Directors.
Reports of misbehaviour and/or abuse are investigated by the OLA and may result in sanctions against clubs, including mandated on site security, forfeiture of performance bonds, fines, suspensions, termination of membership, as well as any criminal or civil liability when appropriate. The OLA is fully committed to cooperating with law enforcement during all investigations, and because criminal charges have been laid in this matter, it is inappropriate for members of our association to comment further. If anyone has information to this incident or was a witness, they are encouraged to contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.
Marion Ladouceur
Ontario Lacrosse Association


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