Report: Patrick Kane Not Likely To Face Criminal Charges

On Saturday, The Buffalo News reported an update of sorts regarding the three-month old investigation of Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane.

From the article:

[Sources] said doubts have emerged about the woman’s allegations and make criminal prosecution highly unlikely.

The three sources also said they do not believe the case will be presented to a grand jury.

“This case is going nowhere,” one knowledgeable source told The Buffalo News when asked about the possibility of criminal charges.

“I was told … the case will be administratively dismissed” without being presented to a grand jury, a second knowledgeable source added.

Kane has not missed a game this season, posting 14 points in 11 games to open the 2015-16 campaign.

53 thoughts on “Report: Patrick Kane Not Likely To Face Criminal Charges

  1. Wow…that is HUGE and great news…Now between the forest fire evacuation and the whole Kane thing is it possible I can have my summer back and resume celebrating from where I left off…enjoy that sandwich Flatliner. Damn thats good news.

  2. All those people who wanted to burn him at the stake without due process can now sod off.

    My wife had been following this closely(she has friends in Buffalo area) and heard a lot of behind the scenes info about the Yahoo News-type reporting for the prosecution that was going on. Mainly unfounded slander of Kane without any evidence of him actually being the focus of the investigation.

    Congratulations on being vindicated, Patrick Kane.

  3. Careful with that bologna. Itll give you cancer. After all, its as bad as tobacco and asbestos. Lol

    This is no real surprise. Regardless of what actually happened that night. Enough reasonable doubt has been brought up that no jury could ever convict him. Whether it be the off duty cop, the girls mom, the evidence or lack thereof. These cases are extremely difficult to prove as its usually a he said she said thing. As sad as that is. I hope nothing happened that night, not as a hawks fan. But for the moral side of it. If he did do it, he and every other man that has got off know where they’re going. None of us here know if he did or didn’t do it. So hopefully this doesn’t re hash old feelings.

  4. Sorry Mining Man, your summer is as gone as my appendix. Just take solace in the fact that everything from your house, to Kane, to my appendix… Could have been far worse.

  5. Careful. The article is quoting people who are just speculating!

    Hope they are right, but even the DA said it’s pure conjecture at this point.

  6. When asked about Clark’s statements, Sedita said: “Mr. Clark and I have never discussed this matter, and for him to assume that is, to be most charitable, pure speculation.”

  7. The civil burden of proof is more probably true than not true (i e greater than 50%). My prior posts on this subject set forth that other than poor drunken judgment bringing strangers home, this entire fiasco was, an likely remains, an attempt at financial windfall, that is what is more probably true than anything else.

  8. I’m not going to say gold digger. That’s like saying Kane is a rapist when he in all likelihood doesn’t look like he is. We weren’t there and don’t know the facts. Few if any do.

  9. Certainly it would be nice to hear this directly from the District Attorney. However, at the very least I think it can be said that those people(in the press and elsewhere) who have been trying to intimidate the Blackhawks(and fans, sponsors etc.) into tossing Kane aside and declaring him guilty of something based upon their own political agenda and without facts have been proven absolutely wrong for presuming guilt instead of the other way around. Many posters on this website refused to be intimidated and have stood up for the rule of law and we have successfully defeated those people and shut them up. I want to be consistent here and I will wait for the District Attorney to comment before stating more.

  10. ^ Precisely. Until the DA weighs in and the case is officially dismissed, there is no closure. They can quote all of the “knowledgeable sources” they want, but none of it matters until Sedita says it’s over.

  11. While true that it’s not over until Sedita says it is. I also remember quite a few people here going the absolute other direction. In light of everything, its over.

  12. We will hear from Sedita when he decides what impact the Kane case will have on his run for the Supreme Court of New York. If the Kane case goes to court and he loses, his political career will be in jeopardy. In the era of politically correct mob hysteria it looks like innocent until proven guilty may actually make a comeback.

  13. “My prior posts on this subject set forth that other than poor drunken judgment bringing strangers home……” Iceman

    Okay, here’s my question and I’m willing to take the heat (I believe that I’ve been consistent)….. Let’s assume all that it is bad judgment based on too much alcohol intake and possible immaturity. Do the Hawks do nothing? Do we go along like he’s an alter boy. Will shit surface again with this guy? Is that in the Hawk’s best interest? Again, does being innocent of a felony all that you folks care about, then everything is okay and I’m a schmuck?

  14. The last time I checked drinking alcohol was legal in the US. Kane used good judgement by employing a driver. Since when is it a crime for a young man to go to a bar and pick up a woman and bring her home?

  15. Hawks 1961…….I agree 100% with you, however, when you’re in the public eye and make a TON of money and play for an original 6 NHL franchise, you have to do things differently with your life and when you’re out in public.

    The problem with Kaner is that he doesn’t go out and have 3 beers and go home. He goes out and PARTIES HARD and then bad things start to happen. He has to grow up and realize WHO and WHAT he is to himself, his family, his team owner, his team mates AND his fans.

    So after all this is over, soon we all hope, do you think that John McDonough just looks at Kaner and says, “please stop”. I think not.

  16. Let’s just hope that this situation teaches him a lesson and he is able to avoid future situations like the majority of high profile athletes.

    As to any civil charges by the young lady ( I did not say gold digger), she has nothing to lose by pursuing same. Easiest way to extort some settlement cash.

    I believe Kane holds more cards against her for slander and defamation, but he gains nothing by keeping this matter in the spotlight. Plus, she likely has no assets and has limited liability coverage and is therefore judgment proof.

  17. I would suggest that we stop focusing on the woman in question. It doesn’t matter what her motives are. What matters is that 88 is a face of our beloved Hawks, makes a ton of money and should behave responsibly. Hawks1961, grow up. I’m not talking about whether it’s legal or not. It is absolutely not good judgement to be mixed up in this as a result of drink. He either needs a program or additional supervision.

  18. Kane has everything to lose by settling a civil suit, so that’s not a viable scenario for him. Plus, if the DA drops the charges, he has the leverage with the slander and defamation to kill the civil suit before hand.
    The civil suit has gone down the shitter when the accuser’s mother tried that ‘move’ with the evidence and so on. A defense lawyer is going to feast on that stuff. As with the lack of dna.
    The lack of dna under the waist is the most baffling fact of this already crazy case. It makes no sense.

  19. This article is completely unattributed thus it could mean nothing. But if it is credible then it is also anticlimactic. The tipping point in Kane’s favor occurred late in the summer with the bizarre incident involving the accuser’s mother and the rape kit, immediately followed by the resignation of accuser’s lawyer.
    Formal closure comes only from the D.A.’s office, but Hawks61 said it best by remarking that we will only hear from Sedita when he decides what impact the Kane case will have on his run for the Supreme Court of New York. By all accounts, Sedita is a man far less concerned with locking people up than he is with making sure he doesn’t step in the wrong hole and screw things up for himself. Sedita just wants it to go away without any of it splashing on him. Don’t expect any announcements from his office, it’s just going to be administratively dismissed, probably over a holiday weekend.
    I hope this is the end of the moron chorus who hung 88 within hours of the story breaking. Anything to say now? RTF? Kubs59? Others? Brokerwayne has integrity, he’s been consistent and he posted today. No heat toward you, BW, you still got an unassailable right to your opinion and no, everything is not OK with me as a fan and you are not a schmuck. Chicago brass had (has) no choice but to maintain a public posture of business as usual because of the absence of charges, evidence, a trial, or a verdict. But I fully believe that Mr. Wirtz and Mr. McDonough have been very busy behind the scenes making preparations for a number of outcomes. One of these is the one we’re probably in now, that Kane avoids charges and the investigation in Buffalo dies on the vine. But Kane’s standing with the club has been permanently altered. We’re not likely to find out, but I think Kane has been compelled into counseling and/or rehab in a private way. They’re not just letting it go. And I dearly hope Patrick is getting the message. He will not survive another problem off the ice.

  20. You’re welcome.

    I still like to think the NHL is different from the NFL and the NBA. That when it comes to the sports page, the hockey news can be about the game and not about and endless saga of drugs, weapons charges, domestic violence, cheating, more drugs, illegitimate children all over town, fatality DUI’s, even more drugs, etc., etc. And that this is because of the owners, not the league office. The NFL especially suffers from rogue owners who may posture about dealing w/ off the field problems but really have intention to and just leave it to the commissioner to handle. And when he does they stab him in the back.
    I’m banking on at least our owner, Wirtz, and his executives to be handling this strongly behind the scenes, where, in the absence of charges in Buffalo, it belongs. I think they care about the integrity of their enterprise and their league. I’d say most of the fans do.

  21. The young lady — all of 21/22/23 years old — was savvy enough to hire TWO prominent Buffalo lawyers less than 48 hours after the subject occurrence. Interesting. The lawyers were on a “big money seven figure case” like this right away, on a dime, for good reason — Kane was a deep pocket. Who would you rather get rear-ended by, unemployed guy driving 1995 toyota corrolla or Waste Management truck? Once her lawyers became aware of the hard evidence as it began to be compiled, it didn’t look-ah-so-good. Kane’s lawyer kept Kane in seclusion while the evidence was being gathered. Kane would have never been allowed by his lawyer to go to training camp if there was a scintilla of evidence linking him to a crime. Hawks ’61, there is your basis for your well founded opinions.

  22. I agree with Hawks 1961. Most of the personal attacks on Kane’s behavior are completely unsupported hearsay. Kane’s job is to play hockey and follow laws like everyone else. He is one of the best players in the world. Be happy he is on your team and stop judging him. How many people in their 20’s go out drinking meet girls etc. I urge Hawks fans to save their morality for their own lives. If the Hawks Brass has an issue with Kane they can talk about it amongst themselves and with Kane since we don’t know the details. If any players behavior rises to the level of criminal conduct then its our business as citizens etc. Many of us have said from the beginning that this will play out fairly in the justice system and if no criminal charges are brought then we can all go happily back to watching the Hawks repeat!!

  23. By the way, if I were Patrick Kane I wouldn’t be drinking with strangers at bars etc, but its up to him. I don’t judge him for doing it.

  24. Yeah Pete. Let’s just bury our heads in the sand. As long as Kane scores goals, he’s our man!! No prosecution, no foul. Go Kaner, drink whenever you want. Do whatever you want…. Just don’t get caught and by all means score goals!

  25. Hey Wayne,

    I thought you said before you were done with all this stuff, no?

    I also think you mentioned you had some personal experience with addiction and recovery, not sure if it was you or someone close to you, but I noticed you said Kane “needs” …

    How are you qualified to say what he “needs” or doesn’t “need” given the sketchy details of this whole situation? I don’t think you are, even if you have personal experience with things of this nature. You don’t have all the facts, how can you judge?

  26. still appears to be plenty of naivete and stupidity in our midst…

    is it illegal to drink until 3 AM and take someone home? no. But given the social “mistakes” of his past, and the clear target on his back in the Buffalo area, Kane has to be smarter AT LEAST. and let’s not mistake the DA not having enough charges for absolute innocence.

    we don’t know what happened behind closed doors. probably never will.

    some folks will never see Kane as anything but a hockey player. Some will never see him as more than a rapist again. and now we’ve got a pretty good idea of where everyone rests on the issue.

  27. Now Tab, that was quite a statement. I don’t see him as a rapist (I don’t know who else you might have meant). I don’t know what he did or didn’t do with that girl. Just like you said, he needs/needed to be smarter based on his past mistakes. He doesn’t seem to be too bright OR he has an alcohol issue. Either case, if the Hawks do nothing, his behavioral issues may surface again.

    Hof, notice I said may….. If it looks like a duck and it quacks, chances are it’s a duck. Sorry if I’m speaking before “all the facts are known”. Past performance shows his “spots”.

  28. I’m not entirely sure there is a lesson here. Kane went to a bar. We haven’t heard ANYTHING about what happened at the bar. He had someone drive him 2 girls, and possibly another friend home. At least 4 people were at his house. We can assume the girls were drinking as well. From there things get fuzzy.

    Let’s play along. It’s plausible the girl could have come on to the off duty cop. Or another friend. The exact number of people in the house has been cause for debate. The girl and the guy go into a room and fireworks go off. Girl passes out, guy leaves. Girl wakes up doesn’t remember anything. Has a scratch on her leg and a bite on her shoulder. Am I the only one here that doesn’t mind it a little rough?

    Girl calls her brother. Says she’s at Patrick Kanes house. Was too drunk to remember exactly what happened. At this time Kane is probably the only male at the house so she assumes whatever happened happened with Kane.

    Say that’s what happened. Just go with it for a minute. If the girl could remember what happened in that scenario and was ok with that scenario instead of panicking and jumping to the i must have been raped conclusion. None of us hear about this. So we can’t really say definitively he was being irresponsible. Hell that sounds like something I did a few weeks ago.

    Also, another thing that hasn’t been brought up. Kane had the cup a few days later. Know who was there? Kanes girlfriend and her brother. If I thought my significant other slept with someone else, much less raped someone. No way in hell am I going anywhere near them for a while. With the lack of Kanes DNA on her…I’d have a difficult time believing Kane even slept with the girl.

  29. I agree that Sedita’s political ambitions play into this, but I still reserve judgement until he weighs in with some facts. Though I also agree that this may never happen. It may end up with a dismissal handed down late on a Friday so it disappears from the news cycle as quickly as possible.

  30. Wayne you said “he either needs a program or additional supervision” which led to my comment, but I know it’s just your opinion, totally cool with that. Over and out. When this whole thing finally reaches its conclusion I’ll have more to say.

  31. I was taught at an early age to never speak about something you know nothing about. Also remember something about “innocent till proven guilty in a court of law…” Not a blog on the internet. As far as throwing judgement around, I can’t. I am sure that I have done much worse in my maker’s eye than 88. Not looking forward to that discussion. Go Hawks.

  32. Not sure where to put this but just listened to the Ice Hogs game on the radio, Ice Hogs on the road shutout Iowa Wild 2-0, shutout by Mark Visentin, empty net goal by Chris DeSousa who it sounded like had quite an active game, made a few nice plays and a big hit in the 3rd period. Garret Ross scored the first Rockford goal on a power play in the 1st period, his first of the year.

    Learned some proper pronounciations of Ice Hogs players … goaltender Mark Visentin is “VISS-ehn-teen” and defenseman Nolan Valleau is “val-LOO”.

    The Ice Hogs new announcer Bob Mills is really good.

    Daniel Paille played, as did defenseman Kiril Gotovets. Rockford on a six game unbeaten streak. Visentin with 38 shots saved. 29 shots for Rockford.

  33. I don’t drink very often, but I had 2 uncles who were alcoholics. Many years ago they told me they drank because they wanted to forget everything that they saw happen in WWII. Okay, I can understand that, I can’t judge people because I never had to go to war and fight for anything.

    I really like Patrick Kane and after meeting him twice, I think he is a kind, respectful person who really likes to be an NHL player and loves to be the center of attention. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. I said many times on this blog that I cannot and do not picture him as a violent rapist or even a person who would hurt anything or anyone, when he is sober. I have no idea what he is like “under the influence”.

    I always think that maybe he drinks too excess for a reason. Maybe he does not handle his success very well. Maybe he thinks that he should be better at his craft, I don’t know. But people drink too excess for a reason. Maybe he is hiding something, again, I don’t know I am just thinking out loud.

    I was watching a squirt game at the local rink, yesterday, and a little player who wore #88 scored a nice goal and celebrated like Patrick Kane with his down on one knee and his punch to the chest and I thought, this kid doesn’t care about Patrick Kane drinking, punching a cabbie or attempting to rape a woman. All this kid cared about was smiling and having fun and imitating his hero.

    I know that all of the stuff that has happened in the last three months will someday be forgotten, but I just want to look at #88 with the respect and admiration that I had for him when we won the Cup in June. I hope that I can go back to those days very soon.

  34. Excellent point Ernie- “So we can’t really say definitively he was being irresponsible.” Who are we to judge his behavior when we don’t even know what that behavior constituted?

  35. Back to actual on ice stuff…Dano didn’t play against Iowa. Visentin with the shutout. With Hossa questionable, Dano getting a call?

  36. Looks like Panarin will be bumped up to play with Toews and Teuvo with Kane. Who plays RW if Hossa doesnt go is the question.

    For some reason it seems Q is hesitant to put Teuvo with Toews, yet will put Teuvo with Kane. Be interesting to see where everyone plays tonight especially if Hossa cant go.

  37. If they brake the 2nd line they should do it all the way and put Anisimov on the 3rd line.
    A Shaw-Teravainen-Kane 2nd line would be an ideal line because Shaw and Teravainen can change positions and you can have Shaw take faceoffs and drive the net.
    Meanwhile Anisimov can be more of a playmaker on the 3rd, instead of just a space eater as he is when playing with Panarin and Kane. Anisimov could also play LW on the 3rd line and have Kero be the C between him and Tikhonov. Anisimov has a lot of skills the Hawks haven’t tapped in at this point. He gives you a lot of choices.

  38. Wall, you go to alot of Ice Hogs games and seem to know all about them, don’t you have any connections there???

  39. Just heard on 670 The Score that Kane’s accuser is no longer cooperating with the investigation.

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