Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews, believed by many to be the team’s next captain, faces disorderly conduct charges in Scottsdale, Ariz., after an incident last spring with a female security guard at 2 a.m., in which a group allegedly tried to get into her car and Matthews — walking away — dropped his pants.
The Star obtained a copy of the complaint — filed May 28 — from Scottsdale Police on Tuesday.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.
Matthews, who signed in January a five-year extension with the Maple Leafs worth $58 million (U.S.), could not be reached for comment. His agent also did not respond to a request for comment.
The Leafs acknowledged the charges in a statement provided to the Star.
“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.”
The incident is alleged to have happened at 2 a.m. on May 26, when security guard Fayola Dozithee — who was in her locked car outside the condo building where Matthews lives — was disturbed by the sound of someone trying to open her door.
She “jumped out of her vehicle to find out who was trying to get in her car … and noticed it was Auston and his friends,” reads the police report, which contained some misspellings. “She confronted them and the response from Auston was they wanted to see what she would do and they believed it would be funny to see how she would respond. Fayola found this very disturbing and put her on edge.
“Fayola said she’d told Auston and his friends, ‘I am a female, I am a military vet with sever (sic) PTSD.’ She also told them it wasn’t funny and how could they think it would be funny to try and get in a female’s vehicle at 2 a.m. in the morning.”
She told police Matthews and his friends appeared to be drunk.
“She continued to say that Auston would say that he thought it was funny. Fayola said she then began to tell them to just leave.”
A friend of Matthews, unidentified, tried to intervene and asked Dothizee not to tell management. Dothizee said the incident was on camera, and would be reported.
“As the friend was speaking to Fayola, she said Auston began to walk away and after he walked some distance, Auston pulled his pants down, bent over and grabbed his butt cheeks.”
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She added he was not fully exposed, keeping his underwear up. The police report said a security video shows a man walking with his pants around his ankles, but underwear up.
Matthews is the team’s highest paid and most important player. It’s believed he’s in line to be captain. The team announced it would likely name one before the 2019-20 season begins.
Disorderly conduct is designated a class 1 misdemeanour in Arizona, punishable by up to six months in jail and up to a $2,500 fine.