It's been a strange few days for the Philadelphia Flyers and forward Claude Giroux. On Monday night, while celebrating Canada Day in Ottawa, Ont., where he makes his offseason home, Giroux was arrested at a local bar, reportedly for repeatedly grabbing a male officer's buttocks.
Giroux was reportedly hauled off to a local jail. Following an investigation, criminal charges will not be filed, however.
Along with general manager Ron Hextall, the Flyers captain issued a statement to take ownership of his actions on July 1.
“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.” – Claude Giroux
Hextall explained in a statement that the team had been in contact with the Ottawa Police Service and were also informed that no charges would be filed. He also said that the team will deal with the incident internally and no longer comment publicly on it.
No question, this is an embarrassing offseason distraction for both parties. Having your captain in handcuffs for an incident that is believed to be alcohol related is not exactly the norm. The rather comical details aside, it's not a good look for the organization or the player.
This photo, uploaded to imgur, purports to be that of Giroux's arrest on Tuesday night.
The good news is that this is being met head on by Giroux and the Flyers. However this is dealt with internally will not be known, but it should hopefully be a more than a stern talking to from the higher ups. It's hard to imagine the Flyers will strip the C off of Giroux or anything drastic like that, but hopefully it really is addressed in earnest and not just the club paying lip service to the public.
Giroux was a Hart Trophy finalist last season after posting 28 goals, 58 assists and 86 points to lead the Flyers.