Claude Giroux arrested in Ottawa; no charges filed

Claude Giroux arrested in Ottawa; no charges filed
July 2, 2014, 10:00 am

Flyers captain Claude Giroux reportedly spent the night in jail, according to the Ottawa Sun. (AP)

Updated: 4:28 p.m.

Flyers captain Claude Giroux was arrested and spent the night in jail in Ottawa after an altercation with a police officer, a source has confirmed.

Giroux was arrested for repeatedly grabbing the buttocks of a male officer at the Great Canadian Cabin in the Byward Market. Alcohol is believed to have been involved.

One league source would not confirm details of the incident, but said the Flyers were embarrassed by the story and wanted an explanation from Giroux. The source confirmed only that there was an incident in Ottawa involving Giroux.

Another league source said the Flyers plan to speak to Giroux this week to let him know that "this kind of behavior is inappropriate, especially for someone who is the captain of a professional hockey team."

Giroux's agent, Pat Brisson, declined comment.

The incident allegedly occurred around 9 p.m. Tuesday. The arrest was one of seven that occurred around the city as part of Canada Day festivities, the police said.

"We are aware of reports surrounding Claude Giroux," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said in a statement. "Until we have more information, we will withhold making any further comment."

Giroux is a native of Hearst, Ontario, about 12 hours north of Ottawa. He has resided in the Ottawa area during offseasons in recent years, though.

He has not returned text messages sent by CSNPhilly.com.

As is policy, the NHL automatically investigates any time a player is arrested to see if further follow-up or response is necessary or appropriate.

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