Published: Sun, November 17, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Charges dropped against Leafs' Matthews

Charges dropped against Leafs' Matthews

A day after news that the disorderly conduct charge against Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews from this summer had been dropped, the forward spoke to the media and offered a heartfelt apology for his actions and behaviour.

According to a complaint filed with police, Matthews was in a group of young men who attempted to force open the door to the security guard's vehicle as she sat in it doing paperwork at 2 a.m.

Matthews was part of a group that is alleged to have tried to enter the auto of a female security guard, Fayola Dozithee, outside his condo building in the early hours of May 26.

As Matthews walked away, he "pulled his trousers down, bent over and grabbed his butt cheeks", though he kept on his underwear, the woman told police.

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The team reported at night that after testing he was discharged and is doing well while recovering at home. The Chatham, Ont., native has appeared in all 21 games for the Flames this season, tallying eight assists.

The incident took on even more life because Matthews didn't tell Leafs management what happened during the off-season. After words among Matthews, his friends and the woman, Matthews walked away and dropped his trousers, though he kept his underwear on.

A spokesperson for the city, says the two have reached an out of court settlement and therefore all charges are dropped.

"Any time something goes wrong in your life you just want to own it and get on with it as quick as you can", said Leafs coach Mike Babcock. "While Auston has been an exceptional ambassador for [us] in representing those values, his conduct in this incident last May failed to meet expectations". "Anybody who is a pro athlete and in the public eye has [that] responsibility". We have no doubt that he has learned a valuable lesson and will grow from this experience.”.

Through the Leafs' first 20 games, Matthews led the team in scoring with 26 points. We appreciate that Auston has publicly reiterated today that he is truly sorry for his conduct and has recognized the impact his actions caused. "Obviously not a situation I'd like to be in, but it's been a big lesson learned for myself".

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