An Ottawa police officer said Wednesday he does not expect Flyers captain Claude Giroux to face any charges for a an alleged butt-grabbing incident on Tuesday night.
Giroux spent Tuesday night in custody in an Ottawa jail cell, according to the Ottawa Sun.
A police source confirmed that he was released Wednesday morning.
The Sun reported Giroux was arrested for repeatedly grabbing the buttocks of a male police officer, and it said alcohol is believed to be involved.The paper said the police officer warned Giroux after his butt was grabbed, and that the star center then did it again and was arrested.
"Under Canadian law, I cannot give out any information unless charges are made," said Marc Soucy, an Ottawa police spokesman, "and we do not expect the police to make any charges."
Soucy admitted he is a die-hard fan of the Ottawa Senators.
"I'm hoping after this story, the (Flyers) trade him to the Sens," he kidded.
There was no fine assessed in the incident, said Chuck Benoit, another Ottawa police officer. He said only one arrest was made in the incident.
Flyers GM Ron Hextall was forced to delay his search for adding a free-agent defenseman to issue a statement.
“We are aware of the reports surrounding Claude Giroux,” Hextall said. ‘”Until we have more information, we will withhold making any further comment.”
Giroux, a native of Hearst, Ontario, and friends were celebrating Canada Day at The Great Canadian Cabin in the Byward Market club district.
Ottawa and Giroux are not a good mix in the summer. Last August, Giroux was golfing in Ottawa _ where he lives in the off-season _ when he suffered an injury that required surgery on his right index finger. Giroux sustained tendon damage when a golf club shattered and splintered into his finger.
The injury contributed to a slow start in 2013-14, but Giroux recovered and finished third in the NHL with 86 points.
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