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Tanya Simon
November 17, 2019

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. After she exited the vehicle, Matthews dropped his trousers, bent over, and grabbed his buttocks as he walked away.

National Hockey League star Auston Matthews is off the hook in his pants-dropping case. he settled with the woman who accused him of dropping trou in front her - and apologized again for the incident on Friday.

On Friday, Maple Leafs president and alternate governor Brendan Shanahan said Matthews has learned a valuable lesson. He repeatedly expressed regret for his error in judgment and said the biggest thing he learned from his mistake was "how your actions can affect other people". "That doesn't make it easy, and we all make mistakes, but you own it and you move on". Kyle Dubas, Toronto's general manager, said Matthews had never alerted the organization about the incident and expressed disappointment. "While Auston has been an exceptional ambassador for the Leafs in representing those values, his conduct in this incident last May failed to meet expectations".

Matthews was not arrested when the incident occurred.

Under Arizona state law, someone accused of a misdemeanour offence may settle the issue directly, generally involving a financial agreement.

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Matthews signed a five-year, $58.17 million contract extension with the Maple Leafs in February.

In September, Matthews apologized if the situation distracted the team as it prepared for its first game. He did this time, expressing his regret.

"Any time something goes wrong in your life you just want to own it and get on with it as quick as you can, and sometimes when you don't like the way you handled something or the way it went, that's the hardest part", said Babcock.

"Anybody who's an athlete, anybody who's in the public eye, has a responsibility to the public".

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