Canadiens' Kostopoulos won't be charged; O'Byrne's theft case still pending

Updated: February 23, 2008, 9:46 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Prosecutors have decided not to charge one of the two Montreal Canadiens players arrested last week during an altercation with police outside a Tampa nightclub.

Thomas Kostopoulos

Kostopoulos

Canadiens forward Tom Kostopoulos, who had been charged with resisting an officer, a misdemeanor, wrote a letter of apology to the officer involved in the incident, assistant state attorney Pam Bondi said, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Kostopoulos, 29, also "agreed to continue to perform the many hours of community service work that he does in his community," Bondi said.

Bondi said the case is still pending against the second player, rookie defenseman Ryan O'Byrne, who is charged with felony grand theft.

The Canadiens were in South Florida for a Feb. 12 game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The incident took place Feb. 11 at about 3 a.m., long after the Canadiens had finished their team dinner and moved on to a bar.

According to police, a woman at the bar could not find her purse and notified a bouncer. O'Byrne was seen outside the bar, holding a purse in one hand and a cell phone in the other, police said. O'Byrne claimed the purse was his girlfriend's, but when police "asked what her name was, he could not give a name," according to the report.

Both O'Byrne and Kostopoulos spent the remainder of the night in jail, and were released after posting $2,000 and $500 bail, respectively. Neither player was suspended by the Canadiens.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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