Sabres’ winger Evander Kane has reportedly become the subject of a sex-offense investigation following an alleged incident that occurred Sunday morning in Buffalo. Kane missed Sunday’s Sabres practice for “personal reasons,” but the 24-year-old was back with the team Monday and addressed the allegations.
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"Obviously you guys are all aware of the situation that occurred, or that's going on right now," Kane said Monday, via The Buffalo News’ John Hickey. "There's not a whole lot I can say. I just want to say I've done nothing wrong; I look forward to clearing my name. I respect the legal process and, unfortunately at this time, there's not much more I can talk about.”
The alleged incident involving Kane took place in a Buffalo hotel room near the Sabres home arena, First Niagara Center, according to The Buffalo News’ Lou Michel and Tim Graham. The Buffalo police did not name the suspect in the investigation and told The Buffalo News they don’t expect the situation to “be resolved in the very near future.”
The Sabres addressed the allegations Sunday evening, stating they are taking the situation seriously and gathering facts. “Until we have more information we will not have any additional comment,” the Sabres added in a statement.
"We are aware of and monitoring the investigation involving Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane," the league said in a statement Sunday. "We will have no further comment at this time.”
Kane suited up Monday for the Sabres and skated 20:20 with four shots in a 2-0 loss to the Washington Capitals. Kane had an open-net attempt late in the game but was stopped by Capitals netminder Braden Holtby. Kane last scored Dec. 26 against the Bruins, one day before the allegations emerged.
Kane has eight goals and 13 points in 26 games this season. He was acquired by the Sabres in February as part of an eight-player deal, and is in the fourth season of a six-year, $31.5-million deal.