At sometime around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, QMI News Agency dropped a bombshell that Sidney Crosby, the face of the NHL and captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins was arrested in Ottawa for what was believed to be a driving related incident.
The news, when first reported, surely had to grab the NHL world and the Penguins by storm, as Crosby has always been a positive role model on and off the ice.
However, details about the arrest are now being refuted by the Ottawa police, who said none of this ever happened.
The bizarre tale doesn’t stop there as TSN, a Canadian Sports Network, has reported that Crosby is training in Vail, Colo. and was actually never in Ottawa.
Ottawa police chief Charles Bordeleau also tweeted that the police had no dealings with Crosby. See the tweet here.
There has been speculation among another news sources that the QMI reporter must of misunderstood information when he was told Crosby was in “Vail”and heard Crosby was in “jail.”
Following the old adage, “No news is good news,” a story like this can be viewed as bad news for the league, but it’s actually not that big of a deal. The only thing I can see coming is that this hoax story will only further add to Crosby’s rather large ego, which in fact has it’s own Twitter account.
As several news outlets are confirming that Crosby is in fact in Vail training with several other NHL players in preparation for training camp, Crosby, Gary Bettman and the Penguins Front Office can exhale and laugh this fake arrest off.