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OTTAWA - Philadelphia Flyers star Claude Giroux spent Tuesday night in jail after allegedly grabbing an Ottawa policeman's bum repeatedly.
Although few details were immediately available, a source told QMI Agency alcohol is believed to have been involved.
A witness and sources said officers were inside The Great Canadian Cabin in the Byward Market club district when a patron allegedly grabbed an officer's butt. The officer told the patron not to behave like that, but was allegedly grabbed again.
At that point, the patron was taken outside and arrested. The officer involved didn't initially recognize Giroux.
Ottawa Police refused to comment. Police say they cannot comment unless charges are laid, but sources said Giroux is expected to be released Wednesday without any criminal charges.
"We are aware of reports surrounding Claude Giroux," Flyers GM Ron Hextall said in a statement to Philadelphia media. "Until we have more information, we will withhold making any further comment."
Giroux is a native of Hearst in northern Ontario, but has lived in the Ottawa area for the past several years.
Giroux played junior hockey across the river in Gatineau, Quebec.
During the 2013-14 season with the Flyers, Giroux had 28 goals, 58 assists for 86 points. He was third in the NHL points race.
He is a two-time NHL all-star.