Flyers captain Claude Giroux probably had a bit too much fun on Canada Day earlier this week. He was arrested and spent the night in an Ottawa jail for ‘repeatedly grabbing a male police officer’s buttocks’. Despite the apparent playfulness of the incident, the face of one of the NHL’s most notable franchise’s should not find his name in the news for such reasons. Earlier Thursday afternoon, after more details regarding the ordeal surfaced, both the Flyers and Giroux released a statement.
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Given the team’s history with their prominent players and their issues with alcohol, one would hope that no further action is taken upon Giroux. The Hart Trophy Finalist has been the focus of criticism and speculation as to whether he can continue to represent the organization as its captain. The following excerpt from Giroux himself would suggest his regret over the matter.
“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.”
Here’s to hoping the story ends here and Giroux shifts his focus back on being a part of the team’s transition under general manager Ron Hextall.