Patrick Kane Will Not Face Charges

The Town of Hamburg Police Department and the Office of the Erie County District Attorney have conducted an exhaustive investigation over the course of the past three months regarding allegations made by a 21 year-old woman that 26 year-old Patrick Kane raped her on his bed. The investigative findings include the following:

  • There are significant material inconsistencies between the complainant’s accounts and those of other witnesses.
  • The DNA results lend no corroboration whatsoever to the complainant’s claim of penetration, a required element of proof for a rape charge.
  • The physical evidence and the forensic evidence, when viewed in tandem, tend to contradict the complainant’s claim that she was raped on Kane’s bed.
  • Although Kane has exercised his constitutional right to remain silent (which prohibits questioning by law enforcement), he has made no known incriminating statements to any civilian, nor has he engaged in any conduct consistent with a consciousness of guilt.

Additionally, the complainant, after consultation with her attorney, has decided that she does not wish to go forward with a criminal prosecution. She has recently signed what is commonly referred to as a “Non-Prosecution Affidavit” that states, in relevant part: “That after fully discussing all the circumstances with my attorney, I have decided I do not wish to criminally prosecute the charges which stem out of this investigation. I do so of my own free will and without any promises or compensation.”

A complainant’s willingness or reluctance to go forward is an important factor in determining whether a criminal prosecution, brought by this office on behalf of the People of the State of New York, will go forward. It is not, however, decisive. In other words, a complainant’s allegations, standing alone, do not trigger a criminal prosecution; nor does a complainant’s wish to withdraw charges, standing alone, determine whether a criminal case will be terminated.

Our prosecution standard is proof-based and has been stated on many occasions: consistent with the discretion afforded to the District Attorney under the law, we prosecute when the credible evidence, likely admissible in court, proves a crime was committed and proves the accused committed it.

The totality of the credible evidence — the proof — does not sufficiently substantiate the complainant’s allegation that she was raped by Patrick Kane and this so-called “case” is rife with reasonable doubt. Accordingly, the Office of the Erie County District Attorney will not present this matter to an Erie County Grand Jury.

A confidential correspondence has been sent to the Town Hamburg Police Chief (with copies forwarded to legal counsel for the complainant and Mr. Kane), setting forth in greater detail the investigative findings and the reasons for the decision not to criminally prosecute this matter.

  • Here is the statement from the Blackhawks and Kane:

“We respect the announcement today by the Erie County (N.Y.) District Attorney regarding Patrick Kane. The Chicago Blackhawks organization has taken this matter very seriously, and has tried to navigate a very sensitive situation while continually respecting the legal proceedings. At this time we will have no further comment.”

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has released the following statement:

“I have repeatedly said that I did nothing wrong. I have respected the legal process and I am glad that this matter has now been closed and I will have nothing further to say going forward.”

96 thoughts on “Patrick Kane Will Not Face Charges

  1. Now, we close the book on this and move forward. All of the people who had Kane in jail and dragged out of town in chains can now recant. Innocent until proven guilty, and never draw conclusions until you know the facts. I can hear the retorts now: well, what about bad behavior? He has to change. Well, no one ever argued against that. You just can’t convict someone of rape in the court of public opinion. That’s why we have courts of law. And this case will never make it to the courts because there was nothing there, no evidence to prove the accusation.

    Now back to watching Kaner continue his fantastic start.

  2. Hey Rufus, just wanted to say that you are an F’n scumbag, who has not only been wrong about just about everything hockey-wise concerning the Blackhawks (including, but not limited to, saying that the last two Hawks Stanley Cup Champions were done before the playoffs even started) but also things like this, where you had Kane stoned to death and dragged through the street for his alleged crime. You are a rare troll, in that you not only say the dumbest shit consistently, but you are also just a disgusting human being in pretty much every way possible. Have a nice day, moron.

  3. Still don’t know any substantial ‘facts’ aside from the DA not moving forward with the case that he sat on until after election day. Can’t speak intelligently on what evidence there was or wasn’t. Looks like the woman decided to not cooperate further which isn’t uncommon. Either way it was a circus and handled poorly.

  4. This entire episode was unsavory on so many levels. It is a pity that the facts will likely remain buried, but then again if there were no illegal actions committed that would have left Kane open to being charged, it would have happened months ago. Do we really need to know? The most important thing that can be learned from this mess is that in this country a person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, not in the media by those that have an agenda, but zero facts to back up their notions. I found all of that incredibly disgusting. Those people in the written press, TV, radio, blogs, all know who they are. Shame on them all. I doubt there will be many apologies forthcoming, but I hope those that pointed the fingers can own up to their mistakes and slanderous comments.

    I am not an apologist for Patrick Kane as it relates to his off ice behavior. He has made many mistakes. Like all people in the public eye, those individuals need to understand where they are, whom they are with, and how their behavior is being observed.

    Patrick Kane is a very gifted hockey player with rare talent. Hopefully this sordid affair from the summer will be a wake up call for Kane to be mindful that actions have repercussions be it false accusations or otherwise.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  5. AJ, here ya go.

    — There are significant material inconsistencies between the complainant’s accounts and those of other witnesses.

    — The DNA results lend no corroboration whatsoever to the complainant’s claim of penetration, a required element of proof for a rape charge.

    — The physical evidence and the forensic evidence, when viewed in tandem, tend to contradict the complainant’s claim that she was raped on Kane’s bed.

    — Although Kane has exercised his constitutional right to remain silent (which prohibits questioning by law enforcement), he has made no known incriminating statements to any civilian, nor has he engaged in any conduct consistent with a consciousness of guilt.

    Per a release by the DA

  6. “I can hear the retorts now: well, what about bad behavior? He has to change. Well, no one ever argued against that.”

    Tony, the truth is he doesn’t have to change. Hopefully he wants to!

  7. “I am not an apologist for Patrick Kane as it relates to his off ice behavior. He has made many mistakes. Like all people in the public eye, those individuals need to understand where they are, whom they are with, and how their behavior is being observed.

    Patrick Kane is a very gifted hockey player with rare talent. Hopefully this sordid affair from the summer will be a wake up call for Kane to be mindful that actions have repercussions be it false accusations or otherwise.”

    Thanks Phil. Hopefully it will be a wake up call.

  8. Well thats definitely the #1 of the top ten headlines every Blackhawk fan wants to see. You guys can come up with the other nine headlines we would like to see ( I’m certain Bickell is in one of them) but I’m just going to finally at long last relax over this matter and know all is right with the Blackhawk world.

  9. Regarding Kanes behavior.

    He went to a bar, paid someone to take him and some others he met at a bar home. I fail to see the bad behavior.

    The Hawks were initially pissed. I think that came from them being out of the loop and assumed the worst. Once they talked to him and his lawyer they were very quiet. Perhaps due to the realization that nothing happened?

  10. Ernie, just because you can’t see bad behavior, it doesn’t mean it didn’t exist. You also don’t have a clue how the Hawks feel. Absolutely no clue!

  11. Formal closure has arrived. We’re done here.

    Two last thoughts…..(1) Everyone here has had an opportunity to gain a new appreciation for the sacred American tenet of innocent until proven guilty. If you were part of the moron chorus who hung 88 upon first hearing the news, hopefully you’ve gained this appreciation. If not, someday you might find yourself under a cloud of suspicion and be convicted by the maddening crowd without having been charged, tried, let alone convicted. Then you will appreciate it. (2) Pray God we do not have to endure a dragged-out civil suit now by this accuser, complete with season-long headlines regurgitating sordid innuendo all damn year. Wish i could be more optimistic about that.

  12. Wayne, you are correct. I don’t know how the Hawks feel. But its interesting once Kane came to camp and the Hawks were able to talk to him. Any reported anger was no longer being reported.

    You’re really grasping at straws. The alleged bad behavior was intensely investigated. And the investigation said he went to a bar, hired someone to drive him and a few others to his house. According to the DA there was no bad behavior. Had this accusation not been made nobody else except the people that were at the bar would have known Kane went to a bar. Last I checked, going to a bar isnt bad behavior.

  13. I will NOT raise my hands and cheer for this.

    Sure he is awesome at Hockey but that means little to me in comparison to the gross behavior he uses to continuously embarrasses the Hawks. I would have cut him over the summer and never looked back.

    The next time he does something stupid I will claim that the Hawks have been enabling this behavior for years by not allowing this guy to face the consequences of his own behavior.

    If this happens even one more time…. I will no longer be a Hawk fan.

    I really hope they know what they are doing.

  14. The woman not cooperating is not uncommon. What is uncommon is the DA rather than say he’s not pursuing charges, came out against the accuser saying her story didnt match others, her story didnt match dna, and her story didnt match the evidence. That sounds pretty damning. I’m not saying something didnt happen in Kane’s house. Just that what has been accused isnt what happened.

  15. Ernie, stop. Please stop. You are embarrassing yourself with the stuff you’re writing. It makes no sense. Please stop.

  16. Kid, say the Hawks cut him. Then months later this comes out. The DA says the evidence shows this girl never had sex with Kane, or anyone else for that matter as no evidence of penetration occurred.

    Now you have 10.5 million in lost cap space and no player to show for it.

    Kane has made an ass out of himself a handful of times. The cab incident is the most egregious. Is he immature? Yep. Embarrassment to the organization? You can think that if you want. But you’re basing a lot of that on a story that was proven false.

  17. Thanks for your thoughts Wayne. Always appreciated. I have tried to stay as indifferent as possible and in defending the innocent until proven guilty have been seen as defending Patrick Kane. I’m not. Now, had this case gone the other way I would have been first in line on the firing squad. Defending unfounded accusations, which you and others have and continue to do is just as bad as defending someone that did the alleged heinous acts.

  18. Ernie said it best-“I fail to see the bad behavior”. We are in real trouble as a society when a young man can’t even go to a bar, socialize with women and bring one home without being crucified by the holier than though crowd. The only bad behavior in this ordeal was the behavior exhibited by the rush to judgement morality police.

  19. Most rape and sexual assault victims have story inconsistencies due to suffering from PTSD. No DNA is not synonymous to no penetration.

    A simple we have chosen not to move forward with the case probably would have been sufficient. Seems like an awful lot of information to divulge to the general public even if they aren’t moving forward criminally.

    I do however think it is kind of creepy that some people are celebrating this news a personal victory for whatever reason. I couldn’t imagine getting that worked up about some dude that plays a sport for a big pile of money.

  20. Very well written article Tab. Once again our society and their “rush to judgment,” does not supersede the law.
    Only Kane and the woman know what actually happened. End of story.
    I’m actually more concerned with how the Hawks played or didn’t play in the last 2 periods and OT last night.

  21. AJ, I agree. Im not celebrating this. But the information they did release is also telling. They provided more information than they should have if they even suspected something that they couldnt necessarily prove. Like the Roethlisberger case, the DA came back and released their findings. The DA there thought Ben did it, just didnt have the burden of proof on his their side.

  22. Hawks1961 & Ernie….. Sometimes I think you’re one. Oh well, lets assume you are 2 different people. We have a fellow commenter named Red Top Parking. He says:

    “Pray God we do not have to endure a dragged-out civil suit now by this accuser, complete with season-long headlines regurgitating sordid innuendo all damn year. Wish I could be more optimistic about that.”

    Now, let’s assume RTP has to endure hearing about a civil suit all season long (just one example how P Kane’s behavior doesn’t just affect himself)… Is that my fault? Is that the fault of either of you? Does coach Q need to bear responsibility? NO to all three. The only one to blame for putting himself in this situation is Patrick Kane. Choices have consequences! He has made bad choices in the past, and he seems to continue to make them.

    I know boys, Patrick Kane did nothing wrong. And by the way, just because the DA has elected not to prosecute him, it doesn’t mean he is totally innocent. He is just not being prosecuted. We will never know what happened, nor do I really care to know. He has history of making dumb, immature decisions off the ice, and this seems to be just another one of those.

    So continue to believe what you want. P Kane will continue to score goals. All in Hawkdom will be just fine… until Kaner decides it’s time to binge again. What will the next episode bring???

  23. AJ, what are you saying makes absolutely no sense whatsover.

    First you say: “No DNA is not synonymous to no penetration.”

    That’s not what the official statement backed by the forensics said! There was NO penetration period. She instantly went the Hospital for a rape analysis, and not only was their no PHYSICAL nor DNA evidence (meaning DNA, blood, skin under her fingernails, etc, etc, etc) on the supposed “victim” but Kane’s actual bed where this “alleged” act took place also showed no FORENSIC (meaning DNA, blood, skin, saliva, etc, ect) but also no PHYSICAL evidence, as in his made bed wasn’t even disturbed, their was not even a physical depression in the matress or anything that which would indicate that sex, much less a forced rape took place. I hope for your sake’s that someday soon you guys still defending an obvious con that went after Kane ( a star of a team that you are supposedly fans of who has brought us 3 Stanley Cups) has been vindicated, i.e. (AJ), “Kid”, and “Rufus” (and others) don’t ever get falsely accused of something that you didn’t do, and that people aren’t as quick to judge as you guys were, and if you do get “vindicated”, not just proven not-guilty in a court of law but the DA deciding that no crime had even been committed in the first place (besides the con job probably perpetrated by the two girls who setup Kane), that there aren’t schmucks still doubting your innocence, taking shots at your character, and talking smack about you in general after the fact. Karma is a bitch, just remember that

  24. Wrong, HawksNation4All. The DA did not say that no crime was committed. He said that he will not be prosecuting Kane. Big difference. Kane did not stand trial. He was not declared innocent of all charges. Another consequence he is bearing. Call me a schmuck, or whatever you want to call me. What you think about me is as inconsequential as your limited intellect.

  25. Wayne, what is it exactly that’s bothering you? Reading between the lines it seems you have a big concern with Kane’s behavior, namely drinking alcohol. You mentioned in some previous posts you have personal experience with addiction and the counseling thereof.

    I continue to take offense to your “all in Hawkdom will be just fine” as long as Kane continues to score goals narrative. I don’t recall one poster coming out and saying that (although it may have happened, there were hundreds of posts).

    I have ALWAYS said on this issue to wait until all the facts come out. I have also said I believe Kane has made some bad personal judgements in the past that got him into trouble (of some degree).

    There may be more facts coming out. Like maybe IF the front office thinks Kane has an issue with alcohol abuse, they will mandate some sort of counseling. I don’t think they are sitting there saying “all will be well in Hawkdom as long as #88 scores goals”. I HIGHLY doubt it.

    You said just because the DA decided not to prosecute doesn’t mean Kane is totally innocent. Which implies guilty of something. Guilty of what? Drinking to excess (if that is what happened?) Using bad judgement? Guilty of what exactly? I’m trying to understand where you’re coming from here. You’ve been consistent in your statements all along but they’ve got to be based on something more than “yeah sure boys, all will be fine in Hawkdom as long as Kane scores goals”, right?

    As for some of the others, one in particular, who wanted Kane thrown in jail etc. before the facts came in, that will require a little research and is the subject matter for another post.

  26. Ernie, believe it or not, it was my attempt at humor. I know that you have a hard enough time just being Ernie. We’ll leave it to Hawks1961 to be himself. Have a good rest of your day.

  27. “He was not declared innocent of all charges.”

    I think you need to step back and actually read the summary. There were no charges! He was not charged. The DA didn’t charge him. This was an accusation that was not supported by evidence, so no charges were brought. Because there was no evidence to support charges. How many different ways can it be said?? When the DA calls it a “so-called case”…that’s not a recommendation for the accuser.

    Stop the silly name calling, too. “…limited intellect…” Not fair or accurate.

  28. Wayne,

    It was an investigation. Kane was never formally charged with a crime. “Not declared innocent of all charges”? What charges?

  29. Hey Tony, read what you just wrote…. You say there were no charges and then you say that there was no evidence to support the charges. I’m confused. Maybe I’m the one with limited intellect!

  30. Tony, here is what was written:

    “That after fully discussing all the circumstances with my attorney, I have decided I do not wish to criminally prosecute the charges which stem out of this investigation. I do so of my own free will and without any promises or compensation.”

    Seems to me there were charges. I’m going to re-claim whatever intellect is left.
    Nice try!

  31. Ok, so I misspoke and wrote it incorrectly. The intention was to say, no evidence to support the accusations. That is what I meant to say and that is what the DA said. I may write too fast at times, but I would never question the intellect of someone who is willing to have a free and fair conversation.

  32. There were accusations, but no formal charges filed. No formal charges. He was being investigated for a possible crime, but never charged with said crime(s).

  33. She may have called them charges, but she, too, misspoke. They are accusations, and only when the DA decides there is enough proof to support those accusations and proceeds to press charges do they become charges. What don’t you get here?

  34. I couldn’t agree more with Hawksnation4all. Rutus is a scumbag and a total waste of human skin. Hopefully he crawls back under that rock he crawled out from and stays there FOREVER.

    There are two camps and only one is right! Someone calling her a gold digger and someone calling Kane a rapist are 2 sides of the same coin. The only difference is the ones calling her a gold digger seem to be correct.

    There is only 2 options in regards to Kane.. either he is a rapist or he is a victim of a false accusation.. and so far all that has been leaked show he is the victim.

    I hope none of the “kane is a rapist” crowd never get falsely accused of rape or know someone who gets falsely accused, because their world is going to do a 180 in actually understanding false accusation, and how dark and scary it is to have your life ruined just on some lie.

  35. Accusations = charges.

    A criminal charge is a formal accusation made by a governmental authority asserting that somebody has committed a crime.”

    In terms of the intellect comment, HawksNation4All does seem to be somewhat challenged in that way…..

  36. Any civil litigation will be based upon the premise that she was sexually assaulted (in any way, shape, or form) in which Kane is at least civilly culpable (I.E. she was assaulted at his house).

    As it stands now, that will be IMPOSSIBLE for her to prove in a civil case. From the sounds of it–it’s unlikely because of this passage:

    “The physical evidence and the forensic evidence, when viewed in tandem, tend to contradict the complainant’s claim that she was raped on Kane’s bed. ”

    Based on the wording, that leads me to believe that not only wasn’t she raped by Kane on his bed, but she wasn’t raped by *anyone* on Kane’s bed.

    It’s looking like she fabricated things…if she did I wish they’d charge her with something, but they won’t, which is a shame and a double standard. Imagine the outcry if Kane’s mother had fabricated evidence!

  37. Tony, now read what 3Cups has written. It sort of proves my point. Does that message seem to be intellectually sound or coherent?

  38. Wow. You actually just posted a quote that proves my point.

    “…a criminal accusation made by a governmental authority…”

    She is not a governmental authority. The DA is the authority, and he said there was no evidence to warrant charges. Accusation does not equal charges.

  39. BrokerWayne is a complete idiot! Anyone who reads Sedita’s press release and can say with a straight face that this does not prove a crime wasn’t committed is an idiot of the first degree. Sedita is practically calling her a liar! This type of statement is very unusual. What was expected was something along the lines that we are not proceeding at this time. He did not have to go into the lengthy detail about why there was no credible evidence. But of course the idiot BrokerWayne can’t see that!

    Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III released the findings Thursday morning:

    The Town of Hamburg Police Department and the Office of the Erie County District Attorney have conducted an exhaustive investigation over the course of the past three months regarding allegations made by a 21 year-old woman that 26 year-old Patrick Kane raped her on his bed. The investigative findings include the following:

    There are significant material inconsistencies between the complainant’s accounts and those of other witnesses.
    The DNA results lend no corroboration whatsoever to the complainant’s claim of penetration, a required element of proof for a rape charge.
    The physical evidence and the forensic evidence, when viewed in tandem, tend to contradict the complainant’s claim that she was raped on Kane’s bed.
    Although Kane has exercised his constitutional right to remain silent (which prohibits questioning by law enforcement), he has made no known incriminating statements to any civilian, nor has he engaged in any conduct consistent with a consciousness of guilt.
    Dan Herbeck, Lou Michel and Tim Graham of the Buffalo News first reported a young woman accompanied a friend to Kane’s home during the early morning hours of Aug. 2. The alleged victim claimed she was then “overpowered and raped” at the residence.

    A short time later, she went to a local hospital for a rape examination, according to the report. The case eventually moved to a grand jury, and everybody in the home on the night of the alleged incident was issued a subpoena to appear, per Claudine Ewing of WGRZ.

    Sedita also noted:

    Additionally, the complainant, after consultation with her attorney, has decided that she does not wish to go forward with a criminal prosecution. She has recently signed what is commonly referred to as a “Non-Prosecution Affidavit” that states, in relevant part: “That after fully discussing all the circumstances with my attorney, I have decided I do not wish to criminally prosecute the charges which stem out of this investigation. I do so of my own free will and without any promises or compensation.” …

    … The totality of the credible evidence — the proof — does not sufficiently substantiate the complainant’s allegation that she was raped by Patrick Kane and this so-called “case” is rife with reasonable doubt. Accordingly, the Office of the Erie County District Attorney will not present this matter to an Erie County Grand Jury.

  40. Wayne, accusations do not equal charges. She made an accusation. Kane was not formally charged with a crime based on those accusations. The DA did not assert that Kane committed a crime.

  41. It’s amazing to see how many idiots like BrokerWayne can’t admit they were wrong.
    Wow, so no matter what the outcome, Patrick Kane is guilty and this just adds to the rape shaming culture in this country? I hate to break it to you but in the United States, people are innocent until proven guilty. Do you not think that possibly the accuser was out for financial gain? Since her friend who was present changed her story among other inconsistencies, the prosecution has dropped the case. What do they know though? We should listen to the idiot BrokerWayne!

    You obviously don’t care about evidence. It makes you wonder if there could be ANY evidence strong enough for BrokerWayne to back off. Apparently the lack of any DNA evidence and the other side perpetuating a hoax to discredit the DNA testing wasn’t enough for him. I doubt that even if Kane had a video proving he didn’t do it that it would be enough. BrokerWayne is a person with ZERO integrity.

  42. It’s amazing to see how many idiots like BrokerWayne can’t admit they were wrong.

    Wow, so no matter what the outcome, Patrick Kane is guilty and this just adds to the rape shaming culture in this country? I hate to break it to you but in the United States, people are innocent until proven guilty. Do you not think that possibly the accuser was out for financial gain? Since her friend who was present changed her story among other inconsistencies, the prosecution has dropped the case. What do they know though? We should listen to the idiot BrokerWayne!

    You obviously don’t care about evidence. It makes you wonder if there could be ANY evidence strong enough for BrokerWayne to back off. Apparently the lack of any DNA evidence and the other side perpetuating a hoax to discredit the DNA testing wasn’t enough for him. I doubt that even if Kane had a video proving he didn’t do it that it would be enough. BrokerWayne is a person with ZERO integrity.

  43. Hey 3Cups, I may be an idiot but I’m not a complete idiot. Please take that back! You’ve hurt my feelings.

  44. On a hockey note, went to the game last night. Obviously didn’t like the last few minutes of the 2nd period but feel pretty good about Q playing the young kids. It’s going to pay dividends down the road. We were missing 2 of our best defensive players. When they’re back it will be different. Would love to see what 81 can do as a winger with 56 and 48. Might be a good fit for now. Teach both of them something.

  45. The justice system worked. The accusation was made, it was investigated and found to be of insufficient credibility. The rule of law protects us all. Even Patrick Kane and that is true whether he decides to drink alcohol in bars and talk to strangers or not. In my opinion certain people(including some in the press) should stop their moral pontificating declaring Patrick Kane a criminal, guilty of bad judgement, a substance abuser etc etc. These are the same type of people who complain that pro-athletes aren’t friendly in public and won’t talk to them. Gee I wonder why. Anyone can accuse anyone of anything. I thank the many people on this blog that spoke up against the malicious efforts to drive Patrick Kane out of town. I also thank the Blackhawks for standing up to the vicious media stampede/assault.

  46. 3 cups, I’m not willing to make the leap and call the accuser a gold digger. I dont know her at all to know her motives. She very well could have gotten black out drunk and woke up in some strange guys house not knowing how she got there much less what happened. That would scare me too. I’m not saying that’s what happened. But I am not jumping the fence and calling her a gold digger.

  47. “I also thank the Blackhawks for standing up to the vicious media stampede/assault.”

    Pete, evidence of the Blackhawks doing this?…… There is none.

    We will now see what the NHL and the Blackhawks response is. I’m extremely curious.

  48. Wayne,

    Not speaking for Pete but it seems letting Kane come to training camp, play, and play in the regular season games is a good example of what he refers to .,..

  49. Hof, The Hawks and The NHL did what they did to allow the legal part to play out. Now we’ll see what their response will be.

  50. Wayne, please answer/address the questions & comments I posed to you above when you have time. Thanks.

  51. Pete said “I also thank the Blackhawks for standing up to the vicious media stampede/assault.”

    Wayne, letting the legal process play out is clearly a perfect example/evidence of the NHL and the Blackhawks standing up for what they felt was the right thing to do. Remember there were many many in the media who called for an immediate suspension and more, basically thumbing their noses at the legal process.

  52. A very wise man said that two people knew what happened that night, and regardless of whether or not there was an actual rape, there was no chance that Kane was going to spend a day in jail.

    Anyone that wants to take this as proof of innocence, you can. There’s a very good chance that Kane did nothing wrong, but I highly suggest you educate yourself on sexual assault when it comes to the judicial system. Talk about something that is nearly impossible to prove, woof.

    Also, AJ was exactly right on what he said No DNA is not synonymous to no penetration. Then again, AJ reads books.

    p.s. hi guys

  53. Here is what I know. The prosecutor said the allegations were not sufficiently credible after a very thorough investigation. The prosecutor speaks for the people when it comes to alleged crimes. Asserting that rich famous rapists never go to jail is irrelevant to the facts in this case and also not accurate.

  54. Regarding the charge not charged fiasco. I suggest you read Tab’s headline.

    “Patrick Kane will not face charges”

  55. Look, I am no fan of bad behavior by athletes. However, in this case the DA did not have enough evidence to take the case to a Grand Jury, not enough evidence to arrest, not enough evidence after a fairly long investigation. Let’s move on.

  56. The DA says (in english) that the “DNA results lend no corroboration whatsoever” to the concept of his dick entering her pussy.

    He also said there was no Kane semen combined with her DNA on his bed sheets.

    The DA looks…sees no Kane DNA below her waist, sees no DNA on the bed, sees no proof of penis-vagina penetration, has no witnesses, has no ‘accuser’ guilty declarations or actions, has the mother of the victim trying to con the thing, has the ‘victim’ backing off when it’s clear the DA is dumping the case, has the lawyer of the ‘victim’ resigning the case.

    I personally don’t think of a case where the accused male rapist could possibly have more exonerating facts in his favor…except a clear cut video recording with audio.

    Basically…the Elite professional DA found no evidence that SEX happened, yet alone rape. Patrick Kane was guilty of wanting to have a somewhat normal people social life. Or vacation. Lets stone him to death.

    Lots of motherfucking ISIS wannabes rooming around I’m telling you. The worst thing is these motherfuckers go all politically correct, while claiming they have higher understanding of life and the ways of life. Yeah… I know the type.

  57. ” The DNA results lend no corroboration whatsoever to the complainant’s claim of penetration, a required element of proof for a rape charge.”

    Translation: In order to have rape you need oral, vaginal or anal penetration of any kind. In this case the accuser said it was penis-vagina penetration. Medical experts and forensic scientists couldn’t find even the slightest sign or evidence the penis-vagina sexual act happened.

    This is the key fact. This is the fact that makes me think he’s innocent. The lack of DNA under her waist was the most baffling thing is this insane story.
    The only think that could have kept the case going forward into a he said/she said, civil suit/settlement suit was Kane declaring that sex did indeed happen.
    The DA says here he said nothing all along. That must be fucking hard. He must have been going insane not being able to say anything…not even ‘I didn’t even fuck her !!!’.

  58. Not only did the da not have enough evidence. The evidence he did have went the total opposite direction.

  59. Hof, It seems that Patrick Kane doesn’t always handle alcohol well. Is he an alcoholic? I don’t know. Does he get into “hot water” as a result of alcohol use …. seems to.

    When I made that comment about “Hawkdom”, I was referring to those posters that were feeling that Kane was totally exonerated from any personal responsibility for poor decisions as a result of the DA not prosecuting. I wasn’t referring to the Blackhawks themselves. I wasn’t referring to you.

    By wrongdoing, I meant dumb things like taking a girl (he didn’t know or vett) home at 4am after partying and not knowing what the result might be. Did he treat her poorly? Did someone else in his party treat her poorly? We don’t know.

    I don’t think that the Blackhawks are happy with his behavior. I do believe that they will “mandate” some kind of behavioral change. Time will tell.

    I hope that clarifies things. LMK.

  60. I don’t always agree with DumDum on hockey issues but you have to give him credit for being blunt and to the point on the Kane affair.

  61. Hof your exactly right and that was what I was referring to. The Blackhawks were under an absolute assault by many in the media to keep Kane off the ice saying they were uncomfortable with the idea of fans cheering him The fact that he wasn’t charged and the law says innocent until proven guilty means nothing to these people. The hawks stood up to that nonsense

  62. Hawks1961 – so basically…what you’re saying is that my username fits my profile ? Thank man.

    when I think of dumdum bullets I think of something so blunt, I simply can’t agree with. They do make you think though, even if you never manage to find an answer.
    They fascinated me since I was a youngster (reading a lot about the WWII) an finding out these bullets where so nasty they were banned. Something so nasty that even the WWII ‘actors’ said “Hell NO !!!”.
    If someone writes a philosophical book about the subject…that might/surely be the only philosophical book I’ll read. Twice.

  63. Many on this post wanted the Hawks to suspend Kaner when he wasn’t even charged with a crime. Being accused of a crime is a FAR CRY from being charged.

    The Hawks did the right thing. Let Kaner come to camp and start the season as if nothing had happened, because, as we now see, nothing did happen. No charges, no crime.

    Being accused of a crime, even if you are one of the best hockey players in north America, is really nothing more than “hearsay” and it was treated that way.

    The entire other story is what the Hawk brass are going to do with Kaner and his ability to get into trouble, at times, with alcohol.

  64. Some of the vicious personal attacks against other people who post (while possibly deserving at times) is another commentary of our social media age where it’s fair game as we hide behind the anonymity.
    And ironically those attacking are questioning the moral fiber of others.
    I guess we’ve evolved (lol) beyond the wise advice of my mom and many other parents from the past-“if you don’t have something nice to say….”

  65. Wayne, it doesn’t clarify things but I’ll let it go. You’ve had a seek-and-destroy-mission approach to Kane since this whole thing came out, and even when the legal system finds the accusations have no merit, you still clearly hold something against him, which I think, but do not know, is you projecting your personal beliefs about how he “should have” behaved. I still don’t know if or why that’s the case.

    But as I said, I’ll let it go. I think the DA of Erie County is more qualified to speak on this whole issue than me.

  66. “I found all of that incredibly disgusting. Those people in the written press, TV, radio, blogs, all know who they are. Shame on them all. I doubt there will be many apologies forthcoming, but I hope those that pointed the fingers can own up to their mistakes and slanderous comments.”

    Phil, that’s fucking right.

  67. I recall one article in the tribune where we were all scolded that “Patrick Kane is not your friend” The media witch hunt was a full blown assault to intimidate hawks fans the Blackhawks and the NHL

  68. “Patrick Kane may no longer be under criminal investigation, but the Chicago Blackhawks are still “quite angry” with the superstar forward and will “reassess the situation — and his standing with the team — after the season,” according to Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.”

  69. “That could potentially open the door for the Blackhawks to consider trading Kane, especially after at least five teams showed interest in the forward once the news of the allegations first came up. The team reportedly hasn’t shopped him at all, but “the option remains on the table — especially now that Kane has been cleared of charges — if they believe the risk of keeping Kane is higher than the reward.”

    Lazerus says a trade “almost certainly won’t happen during the season” and likely won’t happen at all. Kane remains one of the best players in the NHL and an important part of everything Chicago does on the ice. He also wields a no-movement clause that could complicate matters. However, after all of Kane’s off-ice issues and the Hawks’ constant battle with the salary cap, moving the high-scoring winger and his $10.5 million cap hit for a massive haul is a possibility.

    Nobody seems to be talking about the situation right now other than very basic statements, but it’s clear that not all is well with the relationship between the Blackhawks and Kane, even with the questionable press conferences and bobblehead nights. The same can obviously be said for the 26-year-old and some fans. We’ll see if this ends up impacting the future for Kane in Chicago.”

  70. ^ Gee what a surprise that certain “options are on the table”. This is the Chicago Blackhawks. All options are on the table every summer, every year, during the year. No surprise. The Blackhawks want to be the best and if they think moving a high profile player will help them do that, they’ll pursue that avenue.

  71. Nice job by Lazerus….anonymous source?Blah, blah, blah. Isn’t every player evaluated at seasons end? Provocative stories like this just pour more gas on the situation. Is it possible the Hawks brass will go in the direction suggested in this article? Sure why not. It seems as though there are some people with an agenda in wanting to see Kane pay a price greater than what he has already endured. At some point I am sure Kane will address this situation. Yes, Patrick Kane is a poster guy for the organization. The team understandably wants those types of guys to be squeaky clean for marketing purposes. It is articles like this one from Lazerus that will re-embolden those that wanted Kane pilloried before he was even charged with any offense. Let them have their fun. They know and we know who they are.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  72. Brokerwayne, somehow you appear to mark me a Kane apologist. That is far from the truth if you have read whatever I have posted regarding this case. I have been consistent in my presentation of the idea that a person is innocent until proven guilty. Kane was never charged and has been cleared regarding allegations about potential misdeeds. There is no crime according to the authorities that are committed to prosecuting chargeable offenses. I thought this crap was kind of cleared up yesterday as words were being minced regarding allegations and charges. Is there something you have missed in all of this? I will come right out and say it. Kane has been cleared of any wrongdoing. What is in that fact/truth that bothers you and others that seem to want Kane punished? The Befoe article drips with cynicism. This was the response that I expected we would see based on what I wrote a short time ago. There will be more of this.

    I am simply a long standing Blackhawks hockey fan, and I am trying to move on from this unsavory mess.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  73. Dumdum, the hollow point or dum dum bullet your referring to has been replaced by something equally as nasty. They’re called ballistic points. They have a plastic tip on the front that covers the cavity of the hollow point. Upon impact the plastic tip gets forced into the bullet and forced it to expand.

  74. Phil, I never said that I want Kane punished. He is not being prosecuted because the evidence isn’t there to prosecute. I agreed with some of your comments yesterday…. Look back at what I wrote. I just think that he has not experienced enough “pain” to really want to change his spots. Stuff will happen again. I just wish he was not on my favorite team when it does. Again, just my opinion. Maybe the Hawks will work behind the scene to help this guy. I hope they do. And, I do hope he is willing to look at his past behavior and decides that enough is enough. We shall see.

  75. Another sports writer wrote there are no winners in this situation. I disagree. The rule of law won. In this country there used to be vigilante justice where the accused did not receive due process. Thankfully those days are over, but its been replaced by high tech media vigilantes, who try to intimidate, bully and browbeat organizations, fans and people. Now they are starting up with the suggestions that he is really guilty like so many others and he just got away with it and he is rich and famous and those people never go to jail(and we always knew he wouldn’t) and they are above the law……. Stop it already! For myself I will cheer loudly every single time Patrick Kane(and every other Blackhawk for that matter) scores a goal whether they like it or not. When Blackhawks fans cheered Patrick Kane in training camp they were doing it because they believe in the rule of law and they refused to be intimidated by the media. Go Hawks

  76. Phil, one last thought….

    “I am simply a long standing Blackhawks hockey fan, and I am trying to move on from this unsavory mess.”

    Please note that the unsavory mess was caused by none other than 88!

  77. Brokerwayne, you contradict yourself in saying you don’t want Patrick Kane punished ,yet say he has not experienced enough pain. What exactly do you mean to say? Spell it out please and be consistent. Yes, I can read between your lines, as can others about how you really feel. Based on appearances, what Patrick Kane is only guilty of is his celebrity, and judgement that was taken advantage of. This is something he must learn , or pay a heavy price somewhere down the line. Yes Brokerwayne you have an agenda against Patrick Kane as though he has somehow done you wrong. You want him punished in some way. Perhaps a tearful press conference to give you and others some smug satisfaction? Why I don’t know, but you do have your right to an opinion I just happen to disagree with.

    Meanwhile there is a Blackhawks hockey game tonight, and yes I am rooting big time for Kane to light it up again the way he has this entire early season. Maybe Brokerwayne ,you will go to the game and boo Patrick Kane? Go for it! It’s your right to do so.

    Lets Go Hawks!
    Lets Go Hawks!

  78. From Today’s Chicago Sun Times article (Rick Telander)

    The sarcasm of calling this a “so-called ‘case’ ’’ is indicative of the contempt the DA must hold for the whole bloated, overheated, impossible-to-determine mess. The difference for a young man between a multimillion dollar hockey career and the possibility of disgrace and serious prison time, all hinging on a she-said/he-said, barely credible, evidence-lacking allegation from a woman who abruptly signed off on the case, must have left Sedita bemused and ticked off.

    Legal offices don’t like to be led on by false leads anymore than pro athletes do. A district attorney’s career, political future and good name all depend on him or her doing the right thing and prosecuting — and winning — the cases that need to be won.

    Why did this woman bring charges in the first place?

    We may never know, though the appearance of the so-called rape kit — actually just a glorified shopping bag — in the doorway of her mother’s home didn’t lend any credence to the allegations. In fact, at that moment, the idea of this all being some kind of vindictive hoax or desperate money grab occurred to most followers of the case. And it certainly occurred to Sedita.

    Remember, this is the attorney who only prosecutes cases he can win. His career winning rate is 97 percent. You don’t empanel a grand jury and feed the members a bunch of hearsay and rumors and expect your citizens’ tax dollars to be spent.

    That’s it from the district attorney’s side, the side that had the power to send the golden-haired, eternal “kid’’ to prison with real thugs and genuine perverts but decided not to.

    However, the 21-year-old female complainant, a college student, who said the allegation process had brought tremendous stress upon her family and herself, still could file a civil lawsuit and go after money damages from Kane. This is what Ron Goldman’s family did in the O.J. Simpson case, winning the civil suit against the former NFL star after the criminal case blew up. The Goldmans and Nicole Brown Simpson’s family were awarded $33.5 million, though Simpson is broke, in prison and hardly has paid a thing.

    No matter. A civil suit requires a lesser level of proof than a criminal case — “a preponderance of evidence’’ rather than “beyond a reasonable doubt’’— and if Kane were to be hit with such an action, who knows what the lawyered-up sides would agree to.

    That’s the reason this is not a total victory for Kane, who is leading the Hawks in goals and points and only has said of the allegations, “I did nothing wrong.”

    Maybe he didn’t, legally.

    But morally, practically, reasonably, he played the fool that night. His reputation as a party boy, sometimes drunk and full-time fun-seeker precede him. Unfortunately, he has lived his gifted, erratic, “Animal House” young life in public. He never went to college, he has had smoke blown up his behind since he was a 14-year-old phenom and he’s now 26-going-on-18.

    He simply can’t be like that anymore. He has to understand that fame and wealth and youth come with a difficult price: One’s privacy and the freedom to make mistakes.

    Kane is single, and bars and the pick-up scene are battlegrounds where the winner seldom takes all. There are flesh wounds. There are mortal wounds. There are treaties and peace. There are doomsday bombs.

    He has a girlfriend, for whatever that’s worth, which may be a lot. Restraint is the key.

    There are axioms you want to imprint in this young man’s brain: Nothing good happens after midnight (though a lot of fun does.)

    People don’t love you — they love your celebrity and money.

    The first thing alcohol takes is your judgement.

    Maybe even this: Never, ever go home with a crazy girl.

    Kane may be off the hook for now. But the big question remains: Has he learned anything?

  79. That article is a piece of garbage. What Kane does in his personal life is his business. The level of morality judging is absolutely sickening. Why people can’t just worry about their own lives is beyond me. Its only our business if a crime has been committed and the DA said no. END OF STORY!

  80. Agreed, Pete. Telander has always been a bloviator, but he’s outdone himself here. Wayne, looking forward to the next 50 articles you copy and paste in their entirety, wasting the space of this blog to try to add some justification to your mindless rants.

  81. It’s a he said/she said case and we now know what she said, according to the report, is inconsistent, lends no corroboration, and contains contradictions. Based on that, the evidence points to no rape and the girl is not credible at best. My conclusion: Telander is a turd. Has been and will continue to be. Journalists these days belong at the bottom of the Cal-Sag canal.

  82. Ernie- I’m sure they did. Nasty sells.
    Those motherfucking expanding bullets are very much in vogue in the US. Police uses them, FBI uses them, civilians use them and seems like the US Army plans to use them.
    You guys have problems down there, man. Using stuff so abject they were banned during WWII.
    I’m telling you man…somebody should write a book.

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