Giroux apologizes for bar incident

YONG KIM / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Claude Giroux has opened himself up to be the butt of endless jokes.
YONG KIM / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Claude Giroux has opened himself up to be the butt of endless jokes.
Posted: July 05, 2014

After he spent a night in jail following a bizarre incident at an Ottawa bar, Flyers captain Claude Giroux issued an apology Thursday.

"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.

Giroux, 26, was arrested at the bar Tuesday night for allegedly grabbing the buttocks of a male police officer repeatedly. Alcohol was believed to be involved. The Ottawa police said no charges would be filed.

"Moving forward, we will deal with this internally, and we will no longer publicly discuss this matter," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said.

Giroux said that he had the "utmost respect for law enforcement" and that he apologized to the Ottawa police. He added that the incident would not distract his preparation for the next season and that he was "100 percent committed and focused" on bringing a Stanley Cup to Philadelphia.

- Sam Carchidi

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