Claude Giroux arrest prompted Ottawa police to reach out to Flyers
Hockey player spent night in jail after allegedly grabbing buttocks of police officer on Canada Day
Ottawa police reached out to the Philadelphia Flyers to discuss how they would handle media questions about the Canada Day arrest of Flyers captain Claude Giroux, according to a media log mistakenly sent to news organizations.
Giroux spent the night locked up at an Ottawa police station after allegedly grabbing a police officer's buttocks in the ByWard Market in Ottawa, CBC has learned.
Giroux, 26, was allegedly told to stop, but grabbed the male officer again. He also allegedly mocked the officer.
Ottawa police had not commented publicly on the case.
But in a log of the day's work inadvertently sent to news organizations late Wednesday, police said they "reached out to the Philadelphia Flyers and spoke to director of communication Zach Hill and GM Ron Hextall."
"They were advised that we would keep the same media line 'We cannot confirm or deny the subject of a police investigation unless charges are laid.' In this case no charges will be laid. The Flyers were advised of the outcome," the log read.
Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau later clarified by text to CBC reporter Judy Trinh that what the email indicated was that "we advised the Flyers of our message and that it would not change because no charges were laid."
Giroux was released from custody Wednesday morning.
The Flyers tweeted Wednesday morning about the arrest.