SAN JOSE (CBS / AP) — The NHL discovered no proof that San Jose Sharks ahead Evander Kane wager on NHL video games or tried to throw video games after investigating allegations made by his estranged spouse.
Anna Kane alleged in an Instagram publish this summer season that Kane wager on NHL video games and was “clearly throwing video games to win cash,” launching a probe by the league.
The NHL launched the findings of that investigation carried out by Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP along side NHL Safety on Wednesday, a day earlier than the Sharks are set to start coaching camp.
The league mentioned the investigation included detailed opinions of social media, public information, court docket filings from Kane’s chapter continuing and pending divorce and a overview of sports activities betting information and evaluation. The league mentioned it interviewed Kane and different members of the Sharks group however Anna Kane declined to take part within the probe.
“The investigation uncovered no proof to corroborate Ms. Kane’s accusations that Mr. Kane wager or in any other case participated in playing on NHL video games, and no proof to corroborate the allegations that Mr. Kane ‘threw’ video games or didn’t put ahead his greatest effort to assist the Sharks win video games,” the league mentioned in an announcement. “On the contrary, the proof raises doubts concerning the veracity of the allegations.
“Whereas Mr. Kane denied the accusations, our findings usually are not primarily based on these denials however as a substitute on different proof uncovered in the course of the investigation.”
Investigators analyzed playing information from current seasons from SportRadar, a pacesetter within the fields of sports activities information assortment and evaluation.
The league mentioned the overview of that information and interviews with individuals conversant in Kane’s play “yielded no proof to corroborate Ms. Kane’s allegations that her husband gambled on NHL video games or ‘threw’ hockey video games.”
The league mentioned it considers the case closed however retains the appropriate to research if new info arises.
Anna Kane additionally made allegations in a restraining order software filed in Santa Clara County Household Courtroom this week that Kane bodily and sexually abused her throughout their marriage.
Kane’s legal professional, Travis Krepelka, denied these allegations in an announcement, saying “Evander denies ever abusing Ms. Kane or their daughter Kensington, whom he cherishes.”
The league is investigating these fees as effectively and received’t have any remark till the investigation is accomplished.
On Wednesday evening, the Sharks issued an announcement saying that Kane wouldn’t be at coaching camp in the interim.
“We take the allegations very critically and have been in communication with the NHL,” the group tweeted. “The League will proceed to have our full cooperation concerning the continued investigation.”
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) September 23, 2021
Kane, 30, is three seasons right into a $49 million, seven-year contract. He’s together with his third group after being drafted by and debuting with Atlanta/Winnipeg and a stint in Buffalo. In response to Capfriendly, which charts hockey salaries, he has made just below $56 million throughout his NHL profession.
Final season, he had 22 targets and 27 assists in 56 video games.
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