Buffalo Sabres winger Evander Kane physically harassed two women inside a Chippewa Street bar early Friday, then outside the bar grabbed one of them by the throat and tried to shove her into his car, according to two just-released Buffalo police reports.
Kane has not been charged, but detectives are continuing to investigate the incident at Bottoms Up on West Chippewa Street. The names of the women who filed the complaint have been blacked out.
In the first report, a short narrative describing the accusation against Kane states:
“ ... While inside Bottoms Up nightclub, suspect threatened complainant and made derogatory comments to her. While outside ... suspect grabbed complainant around the throat and tried pushing her into his car.”
That alleged incident occurred at 3:11 a.m. Friday on the first block of West Chippewa Street. Police say the section of law that Kane may have violated, depending on the outcome of their investigation, would fall under misdemeanor second-degree harassment.
In the second police report, the narrative states:
“… that while inside Bottoms Up, suspect grabbed her by the arms and tried forcing her out of the bar.”
Kane is 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, according to the police reports.
In responding to these latest developments, Paul J. Cambria, the hockey star’s lawyer, said Monday:
“We reviewed the videos and talked to everyone on that and he steadfastly denies doing anything wrong and we have seen nothing to the contrary.”
In March, Kane was cleared of wrongdoing after an investigation into a sexual encounter in December.
No charges were ever filed against Kane in that case, but authorities said an investigation was started after a young woman who spent the night with him sought medical treatment at a local hospital and said she could not remember what happened.
The Erie County District Attorney’s Office and the Buffalo Police sex offense squad determined that nothing illegal occurred, sources familiar with the probe told The Buffalo News at the time.
“There was never a criminal complaint filed. After a careful and diligent examination of all the known facts, including the results of forensic and toxicological testing, neither the provable facts nor the applicable law support the filing of any criminal charges or a prosecution in this matter,” acting District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty Jr. said in a statement.