Ottawa police deny report Sidney Crosby was arrested on Tuesday

Sep 3, 7:14 AM

This is a new one. 

QMI Agency reported early Wednesday morning that Penguins star Sidney Crosby was arrested in Ottawa and was taken to the station for fingerprints and a mug shot. They later retracted the article in full, but it was a strange series of events.

"Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby was arrested by Ottawa Police late Tuesday while driving a rented Porsche, sources have told QMI Agency," the report said.

"Reasons of his arrest were unknown, but appear to be driving related."

Big, if true. That didn't seem to be the case. 

Ottawa police chief Charles Bordeleau tweeted later in the morning that the story was false. Probably the best way to be woken up is to be forced out of bed to tweet about an apparently inaccurate media report. 

The Chronicle Herald in Nova Scotia also confirmed with police that the media report was inaccurate.

“I just talked to a couple guys in the back doing reports and they’re like, ‘You gotta be joking. They’re laughing.’ It’s like, really? You think he could have been snuck in here and out and nobody would have seen him?” Sgt. Steve Hodgson told the newspaper.

“I’m trying to figure out where he actually is because we have no knowledge of this. We’re totally dumbfounded here.”

If you needed more evidence (you probably didn't?), it seems Crosby was nowhere near Ottawa.

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