Hague, 34, died Sunday after being taken off life support. He was knocked to the ground multiple times by Braidwood, a former Edmonton Eskimos football player, and was knocked out completely in the second round during their fight at Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Although Hague eventually got up under his own power, he was soon rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors performed surgery to treat a brain injury.
Braidwood broke his silence today, first in a video posted on Twitter.
Braidwood also spoke in an emotional interview with Canada-based CTV News, holding back tears on multiple occasions.
“It’s not a good thing for anyone involved,” Braidwood said. “I want to keep the focus on Tim and his family, especially his son. They’re the real victims here. … Just keep it about them the best that you can, because I’m still alive.”
Braidwood, who called Hague a friend, said he had a bad feeling once the fight was stopped.
“I knew, man. I knew in the ring,” Braidwood said before pausing to gather himself. “I just saw the way he fell.”
He continued, “I waited on my knees for Tim to move after I did my stupid, little celebration. Like, I don’t care about that. People can say what they want. I waited on my knees. I watched him. I picked him up, because his team was struggling to pick him up. I carried him to the corner, and I could see in his face.”
Braidwood responded to journalists and critics on social media who believe the fight should’ve been stopped or not happened at all given Hague’s 1-3…