Earlier today, it was revealed that Toronto Maple Leafs star forward Auston Matthews is facing a disorderly conduct charge in relation to an incident in Scottsdale, Ariz. The young player is charged with one count of disorderly conduct and disruptive behaviour or fighting in an incident that took place this summer.
The Maple Leafs released a statement on the charges earlier today:
“The Toronto Maple Leafs are aware of the complaint of disturbing the peace against forward Auston Matthews. Auston is cooperating fully with the relevant authorities but neither he nor the Club will comment any further out of respect for the process involved.”
According to ABC 15 in Arizona, police say they investigated the incident that reportedly took place in May between Matthews and a female security officer at an apartment complex.
According to ABC 15’s report, Matthews saw the guard sitting in a car and decided to jiggle the door handle. Matthews also dropped his pants and exposed his underwear to the guard, according to police. He might have also grabbed his butt once his pants were dropped...
A few days later, the guard decided to go ahead and file a report about the incident.
Matthews hasn’t been arrested in relation to the charge and none of the allegations have been proven in court. Court documents show a hearing related to the case is scheduled for Scottsdale City Court on Wednesday. Matthews does not have to appear in person.
The 22-year-old is now entering the first season of a five-year contract extension he signed with the Leafs in February. The deal is worth a total of $58.17 million, with an annual salary cap hit of $11.634 million.