The National Hockey League has concluded, after its own investigation, that the rape allegation leveled against Patrick Kane in August was “unfounded.”
The league said it will not pursue disciplinary action against the Chicago Blackhawks star and South Buffalo native.
“Based on its review, including the determination made by the Erie County District Attorney not to pursue charges, the NHL has concluded that the allegations made against Kane were unfounded,” the league statement read. “The League considers the matter closed and will have no further comment.”
Kane’s attorney, Paul J. Cambria, said he was “pleased, but not surprised” by the outcome of the league’s investigation, which included a meeting this week between Kane and the league’s commissioner, Gary Bettman.
“As far as I’m concerned, this whole matter is over. And it should be over,” Cambria told The Buffalo News after the league issued its brief statement. “Patrick Kane is a fine young man and a national treasure.”
The NHL’s finding comes four months after the Erie County district attorney decided not to pursue criminal charges against Kane.
There was no immediate word from Kane, the Blackhawks winger who leads the NHL in scoring this season.
Kane has told reporters previously that he “did nothing wrong” but has never addressed the allegations in detail.
Thomas J. Eoannou, the Buffalo attorney who represented the 21-year-old Buffalo-area woman who made the accusation against Kane, told The News, “I have nothing to say” in response to the league’s statement.
The woman went to police last August, filing a report that Kane raped her in his waterfront home on Old Lakeshore Road after meeting her in a downtown Buffalo bar and taking her to his home. An off-duty Buffalo police lieutenant, working as Kane’s chauffeur, drove Kane and the woman to the home.
Law enforcement officials, after an investigation, disclosed that DNA tests did not prove that Kane, 26, had sexual contact with the woman.
Cambria was asked Wednesday if any kind of out-of-court settlement was ever reached between Kane and his accuser.
“No,” Cambria said. “I have not negotiated with a soul, and I am his sole representative in this matter.”
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