Another hockey star named Kane is the source of an ongoing investigation of sexual impropriety. First it was Patrick Kane who came under scrutiny for alleged activities at his home. Now Evander Kane (no relation) faces similar charges.The Buffalo Sabres left wing and former Atlanta Thrashers first round selection denied any wrongdoing in regard to reports he is involved in a sex-offense investigation.
“Obviously you guys are all aware of the situation that occurred, or that’s going on right now,” Kane said Monday. “There’s not a whole lot I can say. I just want to say I’ve done nothing wrong; I look forward to clearing my name. I respect the legal process and, unfortunately at this time, there’s not much more I can talk about.”
The Buffalo News reported Kane is the subject of a sex-offense investigation relating to an alleged incident at a Buffalo hotel recently.
Kane, who made a statement after taking part in the morning skate at First Niagara Center, did not answer questions. He is expected to play Monday against the Washington Capitals.
The Sabres made a statement Sunday night and Buffalo coach Dan Bylsma said Kane addressed his teammates before the morning skate.”We take the allegation made today against Evander Kane very seriously,” the statement said. “We are gathering facts and have been in touch with the NHL and Evander’s representatives. Until we have more information we will not have any additional comment.””We are aware of and monitoring the investigation involving Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane,” the NHL said in a statement Sunday night.
As a result of the negative publicity surrounding Patrick Kane EA Sports dropped the Chicago Blackhawks star from promoting its NHL 16 video game. That action was over rape allegations that he was not found guilty of. It is a clear indication of how such publicity is detrimental to his team, his endorsement potential and his personal brand..
EA Sports says Kane will no longer be a spokesman for NHL 16, nor appear on the game’s cover as previously planned. Kane was to appear on the cover alongside Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. Reports from the Buffalo News claim that a woman made allegations after an incident last weekend. The woman went to hospital, and tests using a rape kit were performed.
Kane has not been charged. One local police agency has been asked to help with the investigation, and another police agency was told that the investigation involves an allegation against Kane.
Patrick Kane, a four-time all-star who helped the Blackhawks win their third Stanley Cup title in the six years in June, has a home in Hamburg. Last summer, he signed an eight-year, $84m contract with the Blackhawks.
The NHL is changing along with all of professional sports. It is becoming more difficult to isolate marquee players from involvement in situations that could blow up in the leagues face. While Patrick Kane’s case ultimately went no where in Chicago, it is impossible to forecast what will happen to Evander Kane in Buffalo.
Previously Kane has been photographed holding large sums of money and doing pushups with large amounts of cash on his back. The Buffalo Sabers organization never had to publicly address allegations like the one Kane has been accused of in its history. For the sake of the NHL let’s hope this case dies the same way Patrick Kane’s did.