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Claude Giroux apologizes for cop butt-grabbing antics that led to arrest


On Thursday, Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux owned up to his antics on Canada Day in Ottawa that led to his arrest and an evening in the clink.

Giroux was arrested Tuesday night at the The Great Canadian Cabin bar in the Canadian town — on Canada Day, no less — after he allegedly made the phrase “repeated grabbing of a police officer’s buttocks” part of the NHL reporting vernacular.

A photo surfaced late Wednesday which showed a man who purportedly was Giroux in handcuffs outside the bar. But hey, at least he appeared to be chatting up a female while leaning against a squad car like a true player.

Giroux offered up a “my bad” mea culpa via a joint statement issued by the player and the Flyers. Giroux’s portion of the release reads:

“I regret my actions on Canada Day and sincerely apologize to my fans, teammates and the Philadelphia Flyers organization for my misguided attempt at humor.

Following an investigation, law enforcement determined that charges are not warranted.  I have the utmost respect for law enforcement and apologize to the Ottawa Police Department and specifically the individual officer.  I will be making no further public comment on this matter.

I will not be distracted from my ongoing preparation for the upcoming season.  I remain 100% committed and focused on working with my team to return the Stanley Cup to Philadelphia.”

Misguided attempt at humor indeed.

The Flyers’ portion of the statement consisted of brief comment from General Manager Ron Hextall.

“We’ve been in contact with Claude and the Ottawa Police Service and have been informed that no charges will be filed. Moving forward, we will deal with this incident internally and we will no longer publicly discuss this matter.” 

No charges were filed, which Hextall is correct in stating, but that does not mean the hockey star won’t receive his fair share of razzing from both his NHL colleagues and NHL fans in opposing arenas alike. Hextall can hope all he wants that there will be no further discussion regarding the matter, but, well, he’d be wrong.