After speaking with both Flyers general manager Ron Hextall and coach Craig Berube, team captain Claude Giroux apologized for his inappropriate actions Monday afternoon in Ottawa.
Giroux was arrested and released without being charged for pinching a male police officer’s butt more than once in a bar (see story).
The Ottawa Sun broke the story, and pictures of Giroux being arrested surfaced on the Internet.
“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,” Giroux said in a statement released by the team Thursday.
“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 percent committed and focused on working with my team to return the Stanley Cup to Philadelphia.”
Hextall also released a statement Thursday.
“We’ve been in contact with Claude and the Ottawa Police Service and have been informed that no charges will be filed,” Hextall said.
“Moving forward, we will deal with this incident internally and we will no longer publicly discuss this matter.”
NHL officials were also involved in the matter, speaking with Ottawa police and the Flyers.