Flyers captain Claude Giroux was arrested Tuesday night at The Great Canadian Cabin bar in downtown Ottawa. Giroux reportedly grabbed the butt of a male police officer. After the officer told him to stop, Giroux allegedly grabbed it again. Following the second incident, Giroux was escorted from the bar and arrested.
The 26-year-old Hart Trophy finalist issued a statement today,
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.
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.