Buffalo Sabres winger Evander Kane found himself in legal trouble this off-season when he was charged with one count of criminal trespassing and four count of non-criminal harassment, but the case against the 25-year-old will reportedly be adjourned and dismissed.
Buffalo’s 7 Eyewitness News reported Thursday evening that an “Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal,” also referred to as an ACD, could be entered as early as Monday, which could eventually lead to the case against Kane being dropped.
According to 7 Eyewitness News, the ACD could see the case against Kane adjourned for more than six months and after a set period of time, the charges would be dismissed if Kane can display good behavior.
The charges against Kane stem from an incident at a nightclub in late June. It was alleged that Kane was involved in confrontations with four separate people, including a bouncer at a bar called Bottoms Up and a woman, who Kane allegedly grabbed by the throat and attempted to push into a car.
According to the Buffalo News, the police reports said Kane “threatened complainant and made derogatory comments to her,” and a second report alleged that another incident saw Kane grab a woman by the arms and attempt to force her out of the bar. The Buffalo News also reported a source said Kane engaged in a physical confrontation with the bouncer, and video had been captured of the altercation.
Kane voluntarily surrendered himself to police in late-July, leading to the surreal image of the Sabres sniper being handcuffed outside of the city’s Central Booking Bureau. Throughout the process, Kane has maintained his innocence and his lawyer, Paul Cambria, asserted that Kane would continue to do so.
“I can guarantee Evander is not pleading guilty,” Cambria told 7 Eyewitness News.
The reportedly soon-to-be dropped charges against Kane aren’t the first time he has found himself in hot water during stay in Buffalo. Kane was previously under investigation relating to incident involving a woman in December 2015. He was cleared of any wrongdoing and no criminal charges were ever filed against Kane.
At the rink, Kane has also found himself in trouble with management and the coaching staff. Kane was suspended by the team in February for missing a practice after attending the NBA All-Star Game in Toronto. Sabres GM Tim Murray also said Kane’s off-ice incidents haven’t been good for the player or organization.
“Whether he has done these things or not or he’s guilty of these things or not, it’s not something I like getting up in the morning and reading about, that’s for sure,” Murray told the Olean Times Herald’s Bill Hoppe in July. “We’re going to let the process happen. We’ll go with whatever the ruling is. Whatever the ruling is, we’re obviously going to have a sit-down (talk).”
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