San Jose Sharks star Evander Kane says he believes he will be clarified in the NHL’s investigation into accusations from his estranged wife that he bet on his own games and threw games for game purposes.
“Of course [the accusations are] incredibly false. It’s a shame it happened, and it’s a shame the false allegations were made, “Kane told ESPN’s Linda Cohn in an interview aired Thursday on Outside the Lines at SportsCenter. I immediately understood the extent of them. I know [they’re] not true. I know none of what she said was true. I was very confident, confident knowing that I would be acquitted and will be acquitted of these allegations. “
Anna Kane claimed on Instagram on July 31 that the 12-year-old veteran was betting on NHL games “with bookmakers” and had a gambling addiction. “How does the NHL still let a compulsive gambling addict play when he’s clearly throwing games to win money? ‘ she wrote in a post.
NHL rules posted in each team’s locker room say “betting on any NHL game is prohibited.”
The league launched an investigation into the charges the day they were made. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN on Wednesday that he expects a solution to this investigation soon and expects a full report on the matter before training camps open next week.
In his interview with Cohn, Kane refused to ever bet on an NHL game or ever have changed his game because of a bet he or anyone else had made on a game.
He confirmed that he had a gambling addiction that led to massive personal financial losses. In January, Kane filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. As part of his legal reports, he said he had lost $ 1.5 million playing “at the casino and via bookie” during a 12-month period up to his bankruptcy petition.
In April 2019, he failed to pay a $ 500,000 casino marker from The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas while in town for a playoff series against the Golden Knights. Cosmopolitan filed a complaint in November 2019, and the case was dropped by the casino in 2020.
“When you have a problem, sometimes you can’t control your decision making at that point,” Kane said. “I think it was an example of my problem getting better. I had a gambling problem. And when you have a gambling problem, like a drinking problem or a drug problem, sometimes you can’t control your actions.
“I think one of the worst things that has ever happened to me was to win big because you think you can do it again. When you’re an athlete, the competition night flows. And when you lose, you bother it yourself even more.You keep digging a deeper hole.At the end of the day it’s something I’ve been through and I look forward to moving [on]. “
Kane said he sought professional help for his gambling addiction.
“I had my daughter [Kensington]. I filed for bankruptcy. These are decisions that I obviously did not take lightly, “he said. I knew part of the reason why I was where I was was because of games. I will not go back to that point in my life. So gambling can not continue to live with me. And I have understood that. “
There have been reports that some of Kane’s teammates with the Sharks will not want him back with the team next season. The winger, who has 87 goals in 212 games with the San Jose since being traded there by the Buffalo Sabers in 2018, has four years and $ 26 million left on his contract.
“I did not really have a reaction,” Kane said of his response to the reports. “The media does what the media does. Some members of the media [who] feeling like they have an ear in space or unidentified sources really means nothing to me. “
He said he does not “necessarily know or believe” that there is friction with teammates, to the point where the sharks would seek to get rid of him.
“I’ve heard rumors that I’m being traded. Well, I have one [no-trade] list that they can only trade me for and I have not even been asked for it so I do not get traded. And I wanted to know first, ”he said.
Kane was charged with assault twice while playing for the Sabers. In 2016, a woman said she suffered “serious, permanent and painful injuries” after a meeting with Kane in a hotel room. No criminal complaint was filed, but police investigated and Kane was not charged.
He was charged with assault again in 2016 by several women who said he grabbed them at a nightclub in the Buffalo area. He was also charged with having an altercation with the club’s bouncer and was charged with trespassing and separate non-criminal offenses of disorderly conduct and harassment. These charges were dropped as part of a negotiation agreement, conditional on Kane staying out of trouble for six months.
“There’s a reason I was able to keep playing hockey. It was business as usual for me, without me having to deal with all this noise from the outside, knowing I was not doing anything wrong,” he said. he said. “Could I have made better decisions? Maybe not meeting these people or not putting myself in that situation. You live and you learn. But when it comes to doing something wrong, I knew that was not the case. So again. “That’s where I find my comfort and have really been able to continue my work to the best of my ability.”
Kane said he understands his reputation in the NHL, and off-ice news such as The game investigation has made him a split.
“I’m in a white sport [and] I’m a black player. I have a great personality that sometimes rubs people the wrong way – but that’s not the point. “Unfortunately, I think many of the problems I’ve had and the allegations that have been made about me are just not entirely true,” he said. I’m not looking for people [to] feel sorry for me. That’s the last thing I need. I’m not looking for people who feel sorry for me. I just ask to be treated fairly and judged accordingly. “