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A Billings Outlaw football player is wanted in Oregon for crimes there.

Brian Lemar Gaines, 23, appeared Thursday in Justice Court. He was taken to Yellowstone County Detention Facility late Wednesday night after Yellowstone County sheriff’s deputies arrested him in Lockwood.

Gaines is wanted in Oregon for a felony failure to appear warrant on charges of menacing and furnishing liquor to a minor. Locally, he was cited with misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and obstructing an officer. Details on the arrest were not available Thursday.

Gaines told Judge Pedro Hernandez that he would like to be sent back to Oregon. When Hernandez asked if Gaines would plead guilty or innocent to the local charges he asked for “legal assistance from the court.” Hernandez said he took the request as innocent pleas and gave Gaines the paper work to request a public defender.

Hernandez set Gaines’ bond at $16,500, which includes the $15,000 bond requested by Oregon officials and $500 on each local charge. Each of the misdemeanor charges carries up to a $500 fine and/or up to six months in jail.

The Billings Outlaws on Thursday released a statement on Gaines’ arrest. Melissa Donahue, the team’s general manager, wrote that Gaines “acted in a manner very disappointing to our organization.”

“We would like to apologize to he Billings community and in no way condone the actions of this player,” Donahue wrote. “We had no previous knowledge of his outstanding warrants and do not approve of this kind of behavior.”

Oregon officials have 30 days to make arrangements for retrieving Gaines. He is to appear Tuesday in District Court.

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