The National Hockey League (NHL) announced on Wednesday that it has concluded its investigation of allegations that San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane gambled on League games. The league announced that they have found no evidence to support those allegations, or allegations that Mr. Kane made any effort to negatively impact his own Club’s games.
NHL Media Release
NEW YORK (Sept. 22, 2021) – The National Hockey League announced today that it had concluded its investigation of allegations that San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane gambled on League games, having found no evidence to support those allegations, or allegations that Mr. Kane made any effort to negatively impact his own Club’s games.
The extensive investigation of the allegations, which were made in social media posts by Mr. Kane’s wife Deanna, was conducted by Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP in conjunction with NHL Security.
The report states: “The investigation included a detailed review of social media, public data, and court filings from the bankruptcy proceeding initiated by Mr. Kane in January 2021 and his pending divorce proceeding; a review of sports betting data and analysis; and in person and virtual interviews of members of the Sharks organization and others, including Mr. Kane. It should be noted that Ms. Kane refused to participate in the investigation.
“The investigation uncovered no evidence to corroborate Ms. Kane’s accusations that Mr. Kane bet or otherwise participated in gambling on NHL games, and no evidence to corroborate the allegations that Mr. Kane ‘threw’ games or did not put forward his best effort to help the Sharks win games. To the contrary, the evidence raises doubts about the veracity of the allegations.
“While Mr. Kane denied the accusations, our findings are not based on these denials but instead on other evidence uncovered during the investigation.
The investigators analyzed relevant gambling information provided by Sportradar, a leader in the fields of sports data collection and analysis.
“We requested and received from Sportradar bet monitoring reports and analyses on Sharks games from the latter part of the 2018-19 season, including the 2019 Playoffs, and the 2020-2021 season.”
The report concludes: “Our review of public and non-public documents relating to Mr. Kane, including data and analysis from a leading sports integrity service, and our interviews of those individuals most familiar with Mr. Kane’s on-ice performance over the past three seasons yielded no evidence to corroborate Ms. Kane’s allegations that her husband gambled on NHL games or ‘threw’ hockey games.”
Additional unrelated allegations, however, involving potential wrongdoing by Mr. Kane have been brought to our attention. These allegations are being thoroughly investigated and the National Hockey League will have no further comment regarding their substance pending completion of that process.
While reserving the right to investigate any new information that might arise relating to the gambling allegations, the National Hockey League now considers that specific matter closed.
Late last week Kane sat for an interview with ESPN’s Linda Cohn as part of the NHL’s media day held in Chicago. In the interview Kane denied all claims of betting on NHL games, but admitted he had a gambling problem.
— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) September 16, 2021
The NHL’s dismissal of the latest gambling claims are only a small portion of what Kane has been dealing with over the past year.
Earlier this week Front Office Sports (FOS) reported that Kane faces a new set of allegations by Anna Kane — including sexual assault and multiple instances of domestic battery — leveled in court documents obtained by Front Office Sports.
The numerous accusations came in a domestic violence restraining order application by Anna Kane as part of her divorce case in Santa Clara County, Calif. The application was filed on Tuesday.
“To be clear, Evander denies ever abusing Ms. Kane or their daughter Kensington, whom he cherishes,” Evander Kane’s attorney, Tracis Krepelka, wrote in a statement to FOS. “He recognizes that they have many years ahead of them as co-parents, during which they will have to work together, which makes it that much more frustrating that she has chosen this path.
The Sharks released a statement Wednesday evening, stating Kane will not be participating in training camp until further notice.
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) September 23, 2021
In August Kane accused his estranged wife of being a husband beater. More specifically, he is claiming Anna Kane punched him in the face multiple times in past — and now, Kane has obtained a domestic violence temporary restraining order (TRO), according to TMZ.
The TRO is the latest in a long line of incidents for Evander Kane. Earlier this summer Kane’s estranged wife took to Instagram to blast Evander, stating he was betting on NHL games, including his own Sharks games. The below post includes all of Anna Kane’s accusations against her husband:
— SJ Sharks Coverage (@SJSharksNewsIG) July 31, 2021
Anna Kane also accused her husband of essentially abandoning her, their one-year-old daughter Kensington and unborn son, forcing them to move out of their home by themselves while he partied in Europe.
Kane responded to the accusations a day later with a statement he released on his Twitter page.
— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) August 1, 2021
According to Radar Online, Kane’s wife slapped the San Jose Sharks’ player with divorce papers weeks before accusing him of betting on his own hockey games. According to court documents obtained by Radar, Anna filed for divorce from Evander on July 16.
Then The Athletic reported that a federal bankruptcy judge gave the go-ahead for discovery in a lawsuit filed by Hope Parker, who alleges Kane reneged on a promise to pay her at least $2 million if she aborted their pregnancy. That means Parker, who first sued in 2018 in California state court, can begin seeking testimony and electronic correspondence from Kane, who says he changed his mind about paying Parker before she sent him proof of the abortion.
Earlier in August The Athletic reported that Kane’s San Jose Sharks teammates would prefer he be traded than return to the team. Several key Sharks players informed team brass that if Kane was going to be a part of the Sharks going forward, they didn’t want to be.
In January of this year, Kane filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy listing assets totaling just over $10.2 million and his liabilities at over $26.8 million. According to the petition, he lost $1.5 million due to gambling “at casino and via bookie (sports betting).”
In November of 2019, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas filed a lawsuit in Clark County District Court alleging Evnder Kane failed to pay back $500,000 in gambling markers the casino extended to him in April.
The court documents stated that Kane, who is a Canadian citizen, took out eight credits of varying amounts between $20,000 and $100,000 on or about April 15. That date would have fallen between Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup first-round playoff series between the Sharks and the Vegas Golden Knights.
By Jon Sorensen