Justin Morissette. Via Facebook

Police in Vancouver have recommended assault charges against two men following a brawl that erupted in the city’s LGBTQ district Saturday night. The incident left popular Canadian wrestling commentator Justin Morissette with a broken leg.

Morissette, who identifies as straight, happened on the scene in Vancouver’s West End. There, he encountered a group of protesters with a loudspeaker chanting anti-gay chants. Reports have placed the group throughout the city on Saturday, in each instance, spouting homophobic religious rhetoric.

Global News reports that Morissette approached the group and asked them to stop causing “a disturbance.” A physical confrontation ensued, which resulted in Morissette getting pushed to the ground, breaking his leg.

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“I stood up to anti-gay evangelical bullies in the West End this evening,” Morisette tweeted following the incident, “and they purposefully broke my leg for the trouble. I don’t know why I did this. It felt like the right thing to do and no one else would. I’m going to have metal plates in my leg for the rest of my life.”

“I’m only tweeting about this because there have been too many instances of unchecked racism and during the pandemic videos of people spewing hate while everyone just sits there and ignores it,” he added in a subsequent tweet. “Do not allow yourself to do that.”

Morissette later required surgery for his injuries. He tweeted out a picture of his heavily-bandaged leg, telling concerned fans “I’m still standing.”

When police arrived on the scene, they arrested two men including the preacher in question. Vancouver law enforcement is also currently exploring if the incident will also warrant hate crime charges. In the meantime, Morissette’s brother has started a GoFundMe page to help pay for Justin’s extensive surgeries and rehab costs.


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