Halifax Rainmen player charged with assaulting woman at Taboo nightclub

Published on December 17, 2013
Halifax Rainmen guard Tyler Richards.
Metro Halifax/Jeff Harper

HALIFAX - A member of the Halifax Rainmen is in trouble with the law.

Team owner Andre Levingston confirms that 27-year-old Tyler Richards of Halifax has been charged by police after Metro learned of an incident at the Taboo night club on Sunday morning.

Halifax Regional Police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages wouldn’t provide the name of the person charged as the incident hadn’t been sworn in by the courts, but he did say officers were called to the downtown bar at 3:20 a.m. regarding a 22-year-old woman who alleges she was assaulted by a 27-year-old man inside the nightclub.

The man was arrested and held in custody overnight. He is charged with a single count of assault and due in court in January.

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.

Levingston said he’s trying to figure what happened in the alleged incident as he said he only learned about it when contacted by Metro.

“It’s concerning to us,” he said. “But we have to do our own investigation.”

Levingston said it was too early to say if Richards would be accompanying the team on its road trip this week.

The Rainmen (2-10) are playing a grueling stretch of three games in three days, beginning Thursday night in London against the Lightning.

- by Philip Croucher - Metro Halifax