A contrite Brandon Prust is temporarily exiting social media, saying he’s “embarrassed and deeply sorry” for a tweet in which he told a woman she should be “forced into the sex trade” as part of his argument against mandatory COVID-19 vaccines.
The former longtime NHLer, who won a Memorial Cup with his hometown London Knights, said Friday he’s reached out to social media experts for access to media literacy and sensitivity training after ranting against COVID vaccine mandates and making the stunning remark to a woman who disagreed.
“This is a big learning moment for me,” said Prust, who has returned to London after his 10-year NHL career. “I am committed to continuing this work as long as it takes and to turning a wrong into a right. I will also be making donations to groups who do work in these important areas.”
Prust, 37, said he does not condone or encourage violence against women. He said he plans to work to better understand public health measures and offered a personal apology to Elizabeth MacAulay, the subject of his sex-trade remark.
“Thank you to everyone who has played a role in opening my eyes to the journey I need to embark on to be a better community member,” Prust wrote in Friday’s statement.
MacAulay, who said she blocked Prust on Twitter after reading his “crude tweet,” thanked those who reached out with words of kindness to her.
“I’m going to make a donation to the Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking,” she wrote on her Twitter account. “This is not a matter to joke about. I’m sorry to sex trafficking victims who had a joke and a crude comparison made about a horrific issue and reality of too many people in the world today.”
Prust was mocking mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations when she replied sarcastically. He wrote back: “So that means they can force me to do anything they want? I hope they force you into the sex trade,” he wrote before adding a sexual insult and boasting about his wealth.
He initially said critics had “blown (his comment) out of context” before apologizing, and then issuing Friday’s statement.
Prust has seemed to revel in riling up people on social media with controversial commentary, including throughout the pandemic.
“Cancer kills about 80k Canadians a year but yet you can buy as many cigarettes as you want. Diabetes kills about 40k Canadians a year but (you) can drink as much pop and eat as many cheeseburgers as you want,” Prust tweeted. “Covid kills 25k Canadians in a year and a half. Don’t you dare leave your house.”
“Cancer and diabetes aren’t contagious,” one person replied.
Prust won the Memorial Cup with the 2005 London Knights before going on to a solid NHL career that included stops in Vancouver, Montreal and with the New York Rangers. He earned about $10 million.
He now lives back in London, where he is involved in charity efforts. Last year the Brandon Prust Foundation donated $25,000 to the Children’s Health Foundation, eventually raising more than $50,000 after challenging Londoners to match his donation to help families with sick kids at the hospital.
Prust played nearly 500 NHL games, compiling 115 points and more than 1,000 penalty minutes.
On September 3rd, 2021, between 4pm and 4:49pm, three males with a white SUV were involved in a break in at a residence located near the intersection of Kortright Road East and Gordon Street in the City of Guelph. Entry was gained through an unlocked basement window.
Numerous items were taken including: -Nikon D90 Camera With 18-200mm Lens (Valued at $1,500)
-Sony A6000 Camera In Black Rectangular Foam Case With Orange Accents (Valued at $1,300)
-99% Pure 312.5g Gold Bar With Chinese Stamped Engraving On The Back (Valued at $22,800)
-Various Chinese Silver Coins (Each valued at $150)
-Louis Vuitton Bag In Azure-Beige-Blue Colour And 25x14x4cm In Dimension (Valued at $900)
-Various Ancient Bronze Chinese Coin Collectables
-Cash In Canadian, American, European And Chinese Currencies -Various Pieces Of Jewelry -Various Electronics
The first male is described as: -Caucasian -Tall -Wearing a grey/green shirt, light pants, white shoes and baseball cap -Carrying a back pack
The second male is described as: -Caucasian -Short -Wearing a blue sweater, dark grey pants, and white and black shoes -Carrying a back pack
The third male is described as: -Caucasian -Wearing black shorts, black hat, white shirt and a reflective vest
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Constable Paul Hinchliffe at 519-824-1212 ext. 7408, email him at email@example.com, leave an anonymous tip at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.
The Guelph Police Service would like to encourage the public to always ensure that all the doors and windows of your residences are locked.
Stolen Vehicle Investigation
On September 4th, 2021, at 7:23pm, members of the Guelph Police Service High Enforcement Action Team observed an adult female driving a motor vehicle near the intersection of Willow Road and Edinburgh Road North in the City of Guelph without a front licence plate. A traffic stop was initiated.
Further investigation revealed that the licence plate attached to the rear of the vehicle was registered to another vehicle.
At the time of the traffic stop, police were unable to reach the registered owner of the vehicle in order to confirm whether or not the female had permission to be driving it. Ultimately the female was sent on her way and the vehicle was seized.
Prior to the vehicle being towed, an inventory was taken and several items believed to be stolen were located including: -Financial cards -Vehicle ownerships -Various pieces of mail
None of the above mentioned items were in the name of either the female or the registered owner.
Police later made contact with the registered owner who confirmed that the vehicle was stolen.
On September 24th, at 10:32am, police found the female outside a residence located near the intersection of Fife Road and Wellington Street West. She was subsequently arrested.
A 37 year old Guelph female has been charged with: -Possession Of Stolen Property Over $5,000 -Possession Of Stolen Property Under $5,000 -Occupant Of A Stolen Vehicle -Unlawfully Possess Credit Card -Use Plate Not Authorized For Motor Vehicle -Driver Fail To Surrender Licence
She will appear in court on January 7th, 2022.
Update Regarding Home Invasion Investigation
On the morning of September 16th, 2021, three adult males and an adult female forced their way into an apartment in a residential building located near the intersection of Speedvale Avenue East and Stevenson Street North in the City of Guelph.
An adult male resident was struck with a firearm, and other weapons were brandished during this incident. The male resident and an adult female resident were ultimately able to lock themselves in a room and contact the Guelph Police Service for assistance. The three males and female fled on foot.
The male resident was transported to hospital, treated for his injuries and released.
Police later located the three males inside another apartment in the building and they were subsequently arrested.
Through investigation, police identified the female involved and a warrant was issued.
This was a targeted incident and there is no concern for public safety.
A 26 year old Guelph male has been charged with: -Disguise With Intent -Break, Enter And Commit Indictable Offence
He was held in custody pending a bail hearing on September 24th.
A 27 year old Guelph male has been charged with: -Disguise With Intent -Break, Enter And Commit Indictable Offence -Use Firearm While Committing Offence -Possession Of A Weapon For A Dangerous Purpose x2 -Breach Probation -Fail To Comply With Judicial Release Order
He was held in custody pending a bail hearing on September 24th.
A 33 year old Guelph male has been charged with: -Disguise With Intent -Break, Enter And Commit Indictable Offence -Possession Of Weapon For A Dangerous Purpose -Fail To Comply With Judicial Release Order
He was held in custody pending a bail hearing on September 29th.
On September 23rd, just before 9:46am, police observed the female as a passenger in a motor vehicle driven by an adult male near the intersection of Wellington Street West and Fife Road. As police began following the vehicle, the male began driving at a high rate of speed, passing vehicles by crossing over the centre line and proceeded to run a red light at a nearby intersection. Shortly after proceeding through the intersection, the vehicle came to a stop due to mechanical issues. A traffic stop was initiated, and the male fled the area on foot.
The female was subsequently arrested.
A search incident to arrest revealed 1.18 grams of Fentanyl.
Further investigation revealed that both the vehicle and the vehicle plates were stolen.
A 30 year old Guelph female has been charged with: -Disguise With Intent -Break, Enter And Commit Indictable Offence -Use Firearm While Committing Offence -Possession Of Weapon For A Dangerous Purpose -Assault With A Weapon x2 -Breach Probation -Fail To Comply With OIC Undertaking -Possession Of A Controlled Substance – Schedule I -Possession Of Stolen Property Under $5,000 x2
She was held in custody pending a bail hearing on September 24th.
Please note that police located a second adult female in the vehicle during the traffic stop. She was also subsequently arrested.
A 23 year old Guelph female has been charged with: -Possession Of Stolen Property Under $5,000 x2
She will appear in court on January 14th, 2022.
Police conducted a search for the male, however he was not located at that time.
On September 24th, at 11:10am police located the male at a nearby residence. He was subsequently arrested.
A search incident to arrest revealed a small amount of Cocaine.
A 34 year old Guelph male has been charged with: -Operate Motor Vehicle While Prohibited x6 -Dangerous Operation Of A Motor Vehicle -Flight From Police Officer -Red Light – Fail To Stop -Possession Of Stolen Property Under $5,000 x2 -Possession Of A Controlled Substance – Schedule I -Breach Probation x2
He was held in custody pending a bail hearing on September 27th.
On September 24th, 2021, an adult female victim received a phone call and subsequent text messages from an adult female who pretended that she was a government employee. She advised the victim that there was a warrant out for her arrest, due to a parcel that was shipped into Canada in the victim’s name containing illegal items. The victim was told that the only way to have this matter resolved was to send in all her money via a Bitcoin machine.
The female followed the instructions, and between 5:30pm and 5:49pm, deposited $4,900 into a Bitcoin machine in a store located near the intersection of Woolwich Street and Speedvale Avenue West in the City of Guelph.
She contacted the Guelph Police Service when she realized that it was likely a scam.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Constable Mason Melitzer at 519-824-1212 ext. 7278, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, leave an anonymous tip at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.
The Guelph Police Service would like to remind the public that no police officer or government official will ever instruct you to deposit money into a Bitcoin machine. Please be very vigilant and cautious whenever you are speaking with someone you don’t know, especially online or over the phone. Please also seek advice from a family member, coworker, trusted friend or the Guelph Police Service at 519-824-1212 before following through on instructions received from a person that you don’t know.
School Zone Traffic Enforcement
On September 24th, 2021, at 8:07am, a member of the Guelph Police Service began conducting school zone traffic enforcement in the area of elementary schools located near the intersection of Willow Road and Westwood Road in the City of Guelph. In just over an hour, a Provincial Offence Notice was issued for disobeying a sign.
The Guelph Police Service would like to encourage the public to slow down and follow all the rules of the road to help ensure everyone arrives to their destination safely.
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