Well, it’s finally over, Auston Matthews is officially off the hook for the disorderly conduct charge that was laid against him back in September. According to Sportsnet, Matthews, who faced charges of disorderly conduct and disruptive behavior following an incident with a female security guard back in May, reached a settlement in the matter this week.
Matthews was accused of playing a prank on a female security guard at an Arizona condo complex, where he has a residence, by dropping his pants and grabbing his butt in front of the guard.
The incident reportedly occurred around 2 a.m. when the guard got out of their car after hearing a noise.
She informed the police that Matthews and several friends were present and told her after being confronted that they jiggled the door handle because "they wanted to see what she would do, and they believed it would be funny to see how she would respond."
Matthew did offer up a brief response to the controversy at the time but avoided going into any real details of the situation.
"I take a lot of pride in preparing myself for the season and representing the Toronto Maple Leafs as well as I can. Unfortunately, due to the situation, I'm afraid I can't really make any other comments."
The Toronto Maple Leafs star may have been cleared of his charges. However, Twitter wasn’t about to just let him walk away without facing some music.
More than a few disappointed people accused Matthews of allegedly bribing the security guard to get his case dismissed; so far, no real evidence has surfaced to support those accusations.
“As is so often the case with people of wealth and fame, money talks—no surprise at all case has been dropped in lieu of a financial settlement-same old same old,” wrote one user about the dropped charges.
“That’s what money and an expensive Lawyer will get you.” another added.
@Sportsnet @MapleLeafs Money talks— Wazz (@Wazz)1573792811.0
@Sportsnet @MapleLeafs Money runs the world :)— MartinV (@MartinV)1573792890.0
@Sportsnet @RearAdBsBlog @MapleLeafs “Undisclosed” payoff??— Mike Brehm (@Mike Brehm)1573793219.0
@Sportsnet @MapleLeafs Has been settled by a payout* I fixed it for you— Andrew (@Andrew)1573812179.0
@Sportsnet @MapleLeafs amazing what money can do— sgal58 (@sgal58)1573817153.0
The Toronto Maple Leafs will play their old rivals the Boston Bruins tonight at 7:00 p.m.