September 3, 2014 12:00 pm
Updated: September 3, 2014 12:01 pm

News agency retracts report NHL star Sidney Crosby was arrested

In this May 13, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby prepares to take a face off in the second period of Game 7 of a second-round NHL playoff hockey series against the New York Rangers in Pittsburgh.

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TORONTO – QMI Agency has retracted a report that National Hockey League superstar Sidney Crosby was arrested in the nation’s capital late Tuesday night.

“Earlier today, QMI Agency reported that Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby was arrested by Ottawa Police late Tuesday on driving-related charges,” the news agency said in a statement.

“There was no basis for the story and QMI unreservedly retracts the story in its entirety. QMI regrets the error.”

Ottawa police told Global News they “do not have him” after QMI Agency, the parent company of the Ottawa Sun, reported that the Pittsburgh Penguins forward was taken into custody while driving a rented Porsche.

According to sources, the original report said Crosby was brought to a police station on Elgin street for fingerprinting and a mugshot.

Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau tweeted early Wednesday morning they “have had no dealings with Mr. Crosby.”

The Penguins said Crosby was “not in Canada” on Tuesday.

“The Pittsburgh Penguins have spoken to Sidney Crosby,” the team said in a statement Wednesday morning. “He is not in Canada, and was not in Canada yesterday. He is continuing his training in preparation for training camp.”

With a file from The Canadian Press

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