Claude Giroux’s NHL team the Philadelphia Flyers got an inside track on police information about his Canada Day arrest and lack of charges even as other members of the public were shut out by the force’s media relations team, who said Wednesday they couldn’t comment on the situation unless charges were laid.
An Ottawa police media log emailed to media by mistake Wednesday evening confirmed Giroux’s arrest and the fact he wouldn’t be charged.
But the force wouldn’t confirm those details to local reporters – many who camped out for hours in front of the Elgin Street police detachment to ask the NHL star if he really did grab a male cop’s bum at an Ottawa club July 1 as alleged in media reports.
“In relations to the arrest of Claude Giroux (NHL player), which was not confirmed to media, MRO received calls from ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Comcast Sports, CNN, CSN PhiladelphiaSportsnet, CBC, Sun and Radio Canada, TVA, 104.7fm, Ottawa Citizen, CFRA, Metro Ottawa, 1310 news,” the media log read, which was “mistakenly” sent out to all the major news organizations in the city Wednesday afternoon.
“Also in relations to this file, Cst Soucy 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.”
Giroux was reportedly partying at The Great Canadian Cabin in the ByWard Market for Canada Day when he allegedly grabbed the buttocks of a male police officer several times.
Pat Brisson, Giroux’s agent, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Giroux, a native of Hearst, Ont., who lives in the Ottawa area, was a finalist for the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP this past season.
The 26-year-old had 28 goals and 58 assists in leading the Flyers to the playoffs.
-With files from the Canadian Press