Flyers' Claude Giroux jailed for allegedly grabbing policeman's bum

Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers arrives for the 2012 NHL Awards show at the Wynn Las Vegas...

Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers arrives for the 2012 NHL Awards show at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort on June 20, 2012. (REUTERS/Steve Marcus)

DANIELLE BELL, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:14 PM ET

OTTAWA - NHL superstar Claude Giroux spent Canada Day night in jail after being arrested for allegedly grabbing a male Ottawa police officer’s buttocks.

The Philadelphia Flyers captain, 26, was put in a cruiser outside of The Great Canadian Cabin in the Byward Market around 9 p.m. Tuesday, where he was escorted out of by police.

As he was taken outside, at least one person recognized him, even if officers initially didn’t.

“We were in line and then I saw him get escorted out by police,” said one young man, who was waiting outside. “I was like ‘No way. Oh my God.’ I was surprised to see that happening.’”

Giroux was spotted with a friend, who witnesses say was angry with police and was claiming he was his agent.

A few people recognized him at the bar, say witnesses, where the hockey player posed with at least one fan before his arrest. Bar staffers said they know Giroux, a regular, was in the Cabin that night.

Officers were inside the bar as part of routine walk-throughs, when one officer had his butt grabbed by a patron as he walked by.


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