According to the Ottawa Sun, the 26-year-old Giroux was led out of a downtown bar in Canada’s capital in handcuffs, with the reason behind the incarceration sure to become the butt of many jokes.
While enjoying a night out at The Great Canadian Cabin, Giroux reportedly grabbed the rear end of a male police officer. When he was told not to behave like that, the center went in for another handful. Alcohol was believed to be a contributing factor in the incident.
Stating they cannot do so unless charges are filed, the Ottawa Police Department refused comment on the situation, but Philadelphia Flyers did release a short statement:
We are aware of the reports surrounding Claude Giroux. Until we have more information we will withhold making any further comment.
Giroux spent the night in jail, and was released Wednesday morning without any charges being filed.
Giroux was a force in his second season as captain last season, being nominated for the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP, after leading the Flyers with 86 points in 82 games. He also had six points in seven playoff games. The Flyers were eliminated in the first round by the eventual Eastern Conference Champion New York Rangers.
This is not the first time that Giroux has found himself in the headlines for an odd reason. Prior to the start of last season, he had surgery on his finger to repair tendon damage. The culprit behind said injury? A pitching wedge. While Giroux was golfing, his club shattered, cutting his hand in the process.