Evander Kane facing allegations of sexual assault, domestic violence

The former Sabres forward was cleared by the NHL of betting on games earlier on Wednesday
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By and , Audacy Sports and WGR 550 SportsRadio

Former Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane might be in some hot water once again.

After the National Hockey League cleared Kane of "throwing games" based on a claim leveled by his wife, Anna, on social media last month, the San Jose Sharks forward is now facing allegations of sexual assault and domestic violence, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

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The league announced in a statement earlier on Wednesday that following an investigation, there was "no evidence" that Kane bet on games or tried to "negatively" influence his team's outcome.

As part of the league's statement, though, the NHL did take note of the separate allegations surrounding Kane.

"During the course of this investigation, however, two additional matters were brought to our attention which we feel require further investigation and study. Both allege potential wrongdoing by Mr. Kane, one involving serious accusations relating to his past behavior toward Ms. Kane and the other involving allegations of inappropriate behavior potentially jeopardizing the health and safety of Club members," the league said. "These matters are being thoroughly investigated and the National Hockey League will have no further comment regarding their substance pending completion of that process."

The Sharks released a statement later Wednesday night, saying the team is aware of the allegations surrounding Kane, and both sides have agreed he will not take part in training camp until further notice.

The latest allegations surrounding Kane reportedly surfaced in a domestic violence restraining order filed on Tuesday by his wife as part of her divorce case. A.J. Perez from Front Office Sports outlined some of the allegations surrounding Kane, and we will warn you some of the reported details are quite disturbing.

As for the investigation surrounding Kane's gambling allegations, the issue first surfaced in early August when his wife claimed her husband was a "compulsive" gambler on Instagram.

“How does the NHL let a compulsive gambling addict still play when he’s obviously throwing games to win money?" she said. "Hmm maybe someone needs to address this.”

Kane has vehemently denied the allegations of throwing games, and claimed his wife was "mentally unwell."

She declined to take part in the investigation, the league said.

Kane, 30, has had past issues related to gambling and money.

He declared bankruptcy earlier this year, despite having earned over $50 million in his career. In 2019, he was sued by a casino claiming he owed it $500,000, while a bank later sued him for $15 million after it claimed he obtained a line of credit by "fraudulent" means.

The league said it enlisted the services of Sportradar to analyze betting trends of Sharks game, and nothing irregular was found. Interviews were also conducted with "individuals most familiar with Mr. Kane's on-ice performance."

Anna Kane had also claimed that her husband was trying to sell her wedding ring and that he was unable to afford baby formula for their child.

According to the court documents in the report by Front Office Sports, Anna and Evander are battling for custody of their one-year-old daughter, while she’s also pregnant with their second child.

Kane has played 12 seasons in the NHL, totaling 769 games, while scoring 264 goals and registering 242 assists for 506 points. He spent parts of three seasons with the Sabres, tallying 68 goals and 50 assists for 118 points in 198 games.

At the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline, Buffalo traded Kane to the Sharks in a package that included a conditional first round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. The Sabres did end up getting a first round pick in the deal after Kane re-signed with San Jose to a seven-year contract worth $49 million.

He has four years remaining on his contract with an average annual value at $7 million.

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