Patrick Kane no longer needs to worry about discipline from the NHL.
The National Hockey League’s independent review of rape allegations against Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane led the league to conclude the accusations were “unfounded,” the NHL announced on Wednesday. The NHL considers the matter closed and won’t comment further.
Kane met with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in New York on Monday for the final stage of the review, according to a league statement.
Frank Sedita, the former Erie County district attorney who has since become a State Supreme Court justice, announced on Nov. 5 that Kane would not be charged after a 21-year-old woman accused Kane of raping her on Aug. 2 at Kane’s house in Hamburg, N.Y.
“The totality of the credible evidence – the proof – does not sufficiently substantiate the complainant’s allegation that she was raped by Patrick Kane and this so-called ‘case’ is rife with reasonable doubt,” Sedita wrote in a statement on Nov. 5. “Accordingly, the Office of the Erie County District Attorney will not present this matter to an Erie County Grand Jury.”
The Buffalo News reported on Nov. 3 that the accuser informed the district attorney’s office she no longer wanted to cooperate with the investigation, citing the stress the three-month investigation caused her and her family. It was then up to Sedita to determine whether he’d continue with the case, and two days later he would not bring charges against Kane.
The investigation found there were “significant material inconsistencies” between the accuser’s account and witness accounts, and the results of DNA tests “lend no corroboration whatsoever to the complainant’s claim of penetration, a required element of proof for a rape charge.”
“I have repeatedly said that I did nothing wrong,” Kane said in a statement on Nov. 5. “I have respected the legal process and I am glad that this matter has now been closed and I will have nothing further to say going forward.”
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