Sean Avery loves to drop the gloves, but this time - as it turns out - he didn’t do it. (SHAUN BEST/REUTERS)

Whether he’s crowding the crease, shoving opponents after the play or trashing ex-girlfriends and their current partners, Avery knows how to ruffle feathers.

So when a report cam out earlier this month that Avery had been arrested and charged with battery for shoving a Los Angeles police officer during a loud party as his Hollywood Hills home, it hardly seemed like a departure from the norm.

As it turns out, on this occasion, Avery didn’t actually deserve a trip to the sin bin.

According to a TMZ report, police officers have since refuted the charges, instead revealing that the officer who filed the report simply got his foot caught in Avery’s front door while on the scene to address a noise complaint.

Law enforcement sources told TMZ: “No criminal charges of any kind will be filed against Sean Avery stemming from his August 5 arrest for battery on a police officer.”

Multiple witnesses have corroborated the foot in the door story, meaning there’s a good chance Avery could avoid prosecution.

So, at least this once, the NHL’s most notorious pest was wrongly accused of thuggery.