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Flyers' Claude Giroux apologizes for Canada Day butt grab

Flyers centre Claude Giroux is apologizing to Ottawa police, his fans and teammates Thursdsay after...

Flyers centre Claude Giroux is apologizing to Ottawa police, his fans and teammates Thursdsay after his 'misguided attempt at humour' on Canada Day. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

MEGAN GILLIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:07 PM ET

OTTAWA - The day after NHL star Claude Giroux was sprung from jail after allegedly grabbing a cop's bum in a Byward Market watering hole, he was apologizing for his "misguided attempt at humour" to police themselves under fire for their handling of the case.

The Philadelphia Flyers released a statement Thursday afternoon from their captain saying he's "sincerely" sorry to his fans, team, Ottawa Police and the officer involved in the Canada Day incident and has the "utmost respect for law enforcement."

Flyers GM Ron Hextall said the team had talked to police and informed no charges would be laid and it will be dealt with internally with nothing more said.

A local defence lawyer had already called the case "troubling" -- noting police exercised discretion not to charge Giroux but then called team officials in a move revealed to reporters in an e-mail they weren't meant to see.


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