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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Claude Giroux's Public Service Announcement

It was an interesting offseason for Philadelphia Flyers Center Claude Giroux. By now, most hockey fans have heard about the incident in Ottawa this summer where Claude Giroux was arrested for repeatedly grabbing the butt of a police officer. The charges were dropped, but what many people don't know is the circumstances that led to him being let go uncharged. With a spate of sexual assaults during Canada Day celebrations, Giroux was quietly approached behind the scenes by Health Canada to appear in a series of public service announcements in an attempt to combat the problem.

With the hockey season beginning earlier this month, the public service announcements have begun to appear in bus stops and subway stations across the country. Featuring the successful "No Means No!" slogan, the PSAs show a variety of ways a person's energy can be better directed instead of committing sexual assault. By having a superstar player appearing in the campaign in hockey-mad Canada, Health Canada is hoping that the message will carry some additional weight and more effectively combat the growing issue.

It should be a win-win situation for all involved. For his participation, Claude Giroux avoids any legal ramifications stemming from his non-violent crime. Health Canada gets a well-known face to raise awareness of the sexual assault issue. And the Canadian population will, hopefully, see a decrease in sexual assaults across the country.

This post has been a satirical look at Claude Giroux's recent legal troubles and is, to the best knowledge of the Pens Initiative staff, completely fictional. As far as we know, Claude Giroux just gets a bit handsy when he drinks and was let go for being famous.

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