Chicago Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane is the subject of an investigation by police in New York State, according to multiple sources.
Citing sources, the Buffalo News reported Thursday morning that Kane, 26, is under investigation by Hamburg, N.Y., police. The police involved with the reported investigation have refused to comment on the situation and have been forbidden to do so, according to the report.
“We can neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of a criminal investigation until such a time as a person is charged with a crime,” Hamburg Police Chief Gregory G. Wickett told the Buffalo News.
Kane has not been charged and the report states it’s unclear whether Kane has been questioned by police.
In August 2009, Kane was involved in an off-ice incident involving a cab driver in Buffalo, but pleaded not guilty. Criminal charges against Kane resulting from the incident were dropped, but he was ordered to issue an apology to the driver, pay court costs and stay out of trouble for one year.
Lawyer Paul Cambria, who represented Kane in 2009, told the Buffalo News he had, “nothing to say,” regarding the reported investigation. In speaking with the Chicago Tribune, Cambria added that no arrests had been made.
“We are aware of the police investigation and are following developments,” the NHL’s group vice president of communications, Frank Brown, told the Buffalo News.
The Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus reported the Blackhawks have refused to comment. In a statement, the team said they are, “aware of the matter and are in the process of gathering information.” The Blackhawks added that it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.