A Belfast Giants player who is facing marijuana charges in the United States has vowed to clear his name.
Sean McMorrow (28) was indicted on the charges by a New York grand jury last week.
He is accused of bringing 100kg of “a substance containing marijuana” into the US from Canada with intent to distribute.
The offences allegedly took place between 2003 and 2005. It is understood Mr McMorrow is still in Belfast.
The Belfast Giants have matches on Friday and Sunday but a spokesman said they will not yet be commenting on whether Mr McMorrow will be playing.
The spokesman said, however, that the team will make a statement on the matter soon.
“Belfast Giants treats any allegation against its players with the utmost seriousness,” he said.
“We are aware that an indictment has been served on Sean McMorrow by a US grand jury last week. However, we are unable to comment further due to the fact that there is a ongoing police investigation relating to alleged offences in 2003 in the USA during which time he did not play for the Belfast Giants.”
Mr McMorrow has used his Facebook page to dispute the allegations against him. He said the allegations were “nasty, untrue” and that he aims to “clear my family name”. He wrote: “I am shocked and very upset about this. Thanks to everyone for their support and patience for me to clear my name.”
Mr McMorrow, who is known as ‘the Sheriff’, joined the Belfast Giants last year. When he first came to Belfast he said he wanted everyone to know that he would bring a “great deal of character on and off the ice and that nobody will do more in the community than me”.
In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph last month the 6ft 4in player said he likes to try to influence youth. “I like to be personable and it’s good to meet people in my role. I want to be a role model for children,” he said.
He also said he planned to stay in Belfast for a few years and to be here during the summer, promoting the Giants and running a hockey school.