Chicago Blackhawk’s player, Patrick Kane, is currently under investigation, by the police, in his off-season hometown of Buffalo, New York. There was a report filed by a woman, accusing Kane of sexual assault over the last weekend.
Although news of the investigation has hit media outlets everywhere, Hamburg Police Chief Gregory Wickett told USA TODAY Sports that he cannot comment on the nature of the investigation, “I cannot even confirm there is an investigation.”
The Buffalo News reported that two unnamed law enforcement officials said the woman involved had gone to the hospital where tests using a rape kit where performed.
The 26-year-old right-winger has had his fair share of off-ice bad-behavior over the years. This is not his first encounter with the police.
Back in August of 2009, Kane pleaded guilty to the noncriminal violation of disorderly conduct after being arrested during an altercation with a New York cab driver. The criminal charges were dropped, but the judge ordered him to send an apology letter to the driver that accused him and his cousin of assault and stealing fare. Kane paid $125 in court costs and was put under a “conditional” discharge, on probation for a year.
The young NHL star stayed out of trouble for a while there, until May 2012, when pictures of him celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Madison, Wisconsin surfaced. The Chicago Tribune reported that Kane had gotten into an altercation outside a bar, but when police asked him to move on, he did and was not arrested.
The defense lawyer, Paul J. Cambria, who represented Kane in the cab driver case, said he had “nothing to say” on the current matter, when contacted.
The Blackhawks released a statement on Thursday, acknowledging the investigation, but negating to give any details.
“We are aware of the matter and are in the process of gathering information,” the statement said. “It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”
Kane is scheduled to bring home the Stanley Cup this weekend, as all players on the winning team are given a set time to bring the beloved trophy to their hometown.
Hopefully, this case will be resolved quickly.