San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane has now publicly denied allegations from his estranged wife Anna that he bet on games he played in and attempted to throw games for his own financial gains:
— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) August 1, 2021
Just as the NHL trade and free agent markets seemed to be dying down, Evander Kane kept the NHL in the news cycle for all the wrong reasons.
On Saturday, Anna dropped the bombshell accusations; one of which was that Evander Kane has bet on San Jose Sharks games. Anna Kane also accused Kane of emotionally and financially neglecting her and their 1-year-old daughter while she has been pregnant with their second child.
— SJ Sharks Coverage (@SJSharksNewsIG) July 31, 2021
Within three hours of this bombshell news, the NHL announced that it was immediately launching an investigation.
The League was made aware this evening of a post on social media alleging that San Jose Sharks Player Evander Kane bet on NHL games. The integrity of our game is paramount and the League takes these allegations very seriously. (1/2)
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) July 31, 2021
I’m sorry but before we go on here, while these accusations against Evander Kane definitely deserved an almost immediate response and investigation by the NHL but why did it take eleven years to get even a response to the Chicago Blackhawks sexual abuse allegations?
Back to Evander Kane though, as my colleague Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now pointed out in his in-depth job on this whopping news story, this isn’t the first time Kane has found himself in hot water because of his gambling addiction.
This isn’t Evander Kane’s first run-in with gambling issues.
In 2019, The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas sued him because of $500,000 in unpaid gambling debts. The suit was dropped in April 2020. In January 2021, Kane filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, admitting that he had lost $1.5 million dollars due to gambling “at casino and via bookie (sports betting).”
“With respect to my gambling, it has been an issue in my past and it would be inaccurate to pretend it has not had a negative effect on my life, financially and otherwise,” Evander Kane wrote in a March bankruptcy filing. “I have undergone and continue to receive personal therapy to deal with it and other matters and hope that the issue is behind me.”
Apparently, it’s not and now thanks to Evander Kane, the NHL is once again dominating the news for all the wrong reasons.
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