Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux was arrested early Wednesday morning in Ottawa, Ontario, according to the Ottawa Sun. Giroux was allegedly inappropriately grabbing a police officer, which lead to an extended stay in the city.
The article details Giroux’s charges as so:
Although few details were immediately available, a source said Giroux was arrested for repeatedly grabbing the buttocks of a male police officer. Alcohol is believed to have been involved. A witness and sources say the incident occurred outside The Great Canadian Cabin in the Byward Market club district.
That’s probably a safe assumption on the boozing. Touching a police officer can be construed as assault just about any time and one doubts that Giroux simply grabbed and ran. It appears there were multiple grabs on this night. If alcohol is involved, then anything is possible.
At 26 years old, Claude Giroux has lead his team in points in each of the last four seasons. He signed an 8-year $66.2 million extension last summer, the first year of which will kick in this upcoming season. This certainly can’t be good news to general manager Ron Hextall, but it also doesn’t seem like something that will be more than a stern lesson for Giroux on the rules of going out and having a good time.
Giroux is expected to be released on Wednesday without any criminal charges.