Could the NHL have a betting scandal on its hands?
The wife of San Jose Sharks’ Evander Kane, Anna, alleged on Instagram that her husband wagered on his own games and intentionally tried to lose to profit.
Kane vehemently denied those allegations on Twitter Sunday morning.
“I have NEVER gambled/bet on Hockey, NEVER gambled/bet on a Sharks game, NEVER gambledbet on any of my games and NEVER thrown a hockey game,” he wrote.
Kane further outlined he had just had the best season of his career and would fully cooperate with the league’s investigation.
The NHL said on Saturday that it was aware of Anna Kane’s social media pots and would conduct a full investigation.
“The integrity of our game is paramount and the Lague takes these allegations very seriously,” the NHL said in a statement.
A Sharks spokesperson also told The Associated Press that the team has been in contact with the league and support a full and transparent investigation.
Anna Kane had posted to her Instagram story, “How does the NHL let a compulsive gambling addict still play when he’s obviously throwing games to win money? Hmm maybe someone needs to address this.”
Anna Kane also accused her husband of trying to sell her wedding ring and not being able to afford baby formula for their child, which he also addressed in a second statement in his Twitter post.
Evander addressed this in a second statement in his Twitter post, calling his wife, “mentally unwell.”
Evander Kane, 29, has had financial and gambling issues in the past.
In 2019, a Las Vegas Strip casino filed a lawsuit against the Sharks winger alleging he failed to repay $500,000 in gambling debt he incurred during a playoff series loss against the Golden Knights.
Kane is in the third season of a seven-year, $49 million deal with San Jose. He was drafted by Atlanta/Winnipeg with the fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft and played two-and-a-half seasons with the Sabres before he was traded to the Sharks in 2018.