The harassment and trespassing cases against Evander Kane will be dismissed in April if Kane stays out of trouble for the next six months, it was agreed Monday morning.
Buffalo City Court Judge Barbara Johnson-Lee approved the plea agreement and ordered an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal for all four cases, which stemmed from alleged incidents involving the Sabres star at a bar on West Chippewa Street the night of June 24 and 25.
Kane had faced one misdemeanor trespass charge and separate noncriminal violations of disorderly conduct and harassment after two female patrons and a bouncer at the Bottoms Up club reported Kane had grabbed the women and pulled their hair, and then refused the bouncer’s orders to leave.
Kane, through his attorney Paul Cambria, has consistently denied the complainants’ versions of the events.
By Monday, all plaintiffs had agreed with the proposed plea and, according to Assistant District Attorney Lynette Reda, none were requesting an order of protection against Kane.
Had that been the case, Cambria indicated he was prepared to counter with his own request for orders of protection to keep the complainants away from Kane, saying “any orders of protection should be mutual.”
Kane, who appeared in court wearing a suit but no tie and no socks, did not comment beyond his responses to the judge.
After the proceedings, Cambria said his client was ready to put the matter behind him.
“We think it’s an appropriate disposition,” Cambria said, while making it clear he still considers Kane to be innocent.
He also said he felt Kane was treated fairly, like any other person facing similar charges. He chalked up Kane’s public handcuffing when he was arrested on the noncriminal charges as the actions of “one police officer,” and not indicative of anything else.
Cambria said Kane will have no problem abiding by Johnson-Lee's order to lead a law-abiding life for the next six months, and that his focus is on getting back on the ice and being a hockey star.
The injured Kane has been off since he sustained cracked ribs in the season opener against the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 13.
“He’s mending, he’s doing better,” Cambria said. “He’s going to get on it and be a good part of the Sabres.”