There’s been no major fallout from a legal standpoint in the Patrick Kane rape investigation, but some parties are erring on the side of caution in partnerships with the Chicago Blackhawks star. Two weeks ago, EA Sports announced Kane would be removed from the cover of the company’s NHL 16 video game. Now, the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League announced Kane has been dropped from his honorary role in his former junior team’s 2015 training camp.
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“We’re going to change the name and there will not be a Team Kane at training camp,” Knights GM Basil McRae said.
It’s been a tumultuous month for the oft-troubled Kane, who is coming off his third Stanley Cup title with the Blackhawks. He has yet to be charged with a crime in the Aug. 2 incident that allegedly occurred at his home in Hamburg, N.Y. However, Kane has reportedly met with investigators from the Erie Country District Attorney’s office. The reports also mentioned that Kane’s attorney, Paul Cambria, was present at the meeting.
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The first overall pick of the 2007 draft has been a superstar on the ice and a problem off of it throughout his eight-year career. The Buffalo native is coming off what could’ve been an incredible season, if not for a broken collarbone that kept him out of the final 21 games of the regular season. He’s scored 205 goals and 557 points during his career, but has also gotten into trouble in the past. In August 2009, Kane was arrested for assaulting a cab driver in Buffalo. In 2012, Kane was seen by many eyewitnesses stumbling around Madison, Wis., in a drunken stupor.
It was thought that Kane had cleaned up his act in the years leading up to his third Stanley Cup with the franchise. Blackhawks TV play-by-play announcer Pat Foley even went so far as to compliment his maturation over the past few seasons in an introduction of Kane to the 40,000 fans at the Cup rally at Soldier Field, to which Kane responded, “I know he said I’ve been growing up, but watch out for me in the next week.”
Well, nobody expected what happened next. Kane has now lost a top endorsement, as well as an honorable position with one of the teams that helped him jump start his career. And that’s without even being charged of a crime, so this could be the tip of the iceberg. With training camp starting in less than a month, this case could carry into the season.