San Jose Sharks winger Evander Kane has been slapped with a lawsuit from a Las Vegas casino over an alleged unpaid gambling debt.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Tuesday that the suit, filed Monday in Clark County District Court by The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, alleges that Kane has failed to pay back $500,000 in gambling markers, which are essentially loans that offer quick access to large sums of money.
According to court documents obtained by the Review-Journal, Kane “took out eight credits of varying amounts between $20,000 and $100,000 on or about April 15” and is seeking repayment, as well as reimbursement for legal fees associated with the lawsuit. The lawsuit states that representatives from The Cosmopolitan “made attempts to resolve payment…but were unsuccessful.”
Notable about the details of the suit is the timing the gambling markers were allegedly procured, as April 15 falls in line – and in between Games 3 and 4 – of the Sharks’ first-round post-season series against the Vegas Golden Knights last season. It was during that series Kane became a super villain in the eyes of the Golden Knights faithful, his scrap with Ryan Reaves sparking one of the most intense on-ice rivalries in the league. Kane and Reaves continued to trade jabs, physical and verbal, throughout the series and renewed hostilities during the pre-season.
Despite missing the first three games of the season due to suspension, the 28-year-old is off to an excellent start this season, notching a team-leading nine goals in 13 games. He’s second in Sharks scoring with 13 points.
Kane inked a seven-year, $49-million contract with the Sharks in May 2018. He received a $2-million signing bonus ahead of this season and will earn a $6-million salary.
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