On Sunday night, it was reported by The Buffalo News that Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane was being investigated by local police for a sexual offense.
On Monday morning, after the team’s practice, Kane made his first public comments on the matter.
“Obviously you guys are all aware of the situation that occurred, that’s going on right now,” he told members of the media in the Sabres locker room. “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.”
According to the report, a 20-year old woman is making claims that the alleged assault occurred early Sunday morning at the Marriott of the Harborcenter. The Buffalo News is also reporting that the accuser is apparently suffering memory issues.
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Kane stated on more than one occasion that there isn’t much he can say because of the investigation. However, he did say that he “respected the legal process”.
The Buffalo Police Department declined comment on the investigation. Kane’s attorney Paul J. Cambria declined the request as well.
The investigation is still in the very, very early stages at this time. No crime has been charged against the 24-year old player.
Kane participated in the Sabres’ practice on Monday morning, and is expected to be in the lineup when the team faces the Washington Capitals on Monday night. It’ll certainly be interesting to see how the fans react as well as how the team handles the situation as it moves forward.
This is a developing story…
Michael is a former Managing Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s covered the Buffalo Sabres, along with the NHL in general, for various outlets since 2009. His work has been featured on outlets such as Yahoo, Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports.