The allegations, which were made by Kane’s wife Anna on social media accused the San Jose Sharks of being a “problem gambling addict” who started gambling for money. In a separate article, Anna Kane accused her husband of partying in Europe while asking him to sell her wedding ring to survive and wrote that she couldn’t afford to make formula for their child.
“Sadly, I would like to respond to the full bogus accusations that my ex-wife and soon to be my ex-wife have made against me,” Kane wrote. “Even against the advice of my legal team, I am confident the public and fans are hearing this directly from me. I have NEVER played / bet on a Sharks game, NEVER played / bet on any of my games and NEVER started a hockey game.
“The facts are that I personally had my best season of my career last year and was the most consistent I have ever had, and I’m proud of it. I love hockey and would never do anything that was. I look forward to fully cooperating with the league investigation, having my name cleared and looking forward to the season ahead. “
Kane continued his statement by specifically addressing the allegations regarding his actions as a father and the treatment of his and Anna’s child.
” I love my daughter. I will and always have taken care of my daughter in any way I can, ”Kane wrote. “I always made sure her mom had everything she needed and more. I tried to defuse our divorce issues and be as civil and calm as anyone in that position could. I tried to set up FaceTime calls and tours with I had a few FaceTime calls but not every day as I would like due to the restrictions imposed by her mom.
“She refused to see me and unfortunately tried to use my daughter as leverage. I will always continue to take care of my family, without a doubt. I would encourage people to realize that someone who goes this far to try to endanger someone’s career with lies is mentally ill. I hope this is the last time that I will publicly address other misrepresentations of me as a father. “
The league said on Saturday night it intended to conduct a full investigation, writing in a statement that “the integrity of our game is paramount and the league takes these allegations very seriously.”
Details of this investigation were not immediately available.
The history of the game and Kane’s finances have been common knowledge for some time. A Las Vegas Strip casino sued Kane in 2019, alleging he failed to repay a $ 500,000 gambling debt accumulated in a playoff series against the Golden Knights.
Since the Supreme Court paved the way for the legalization of sports betting in the United States and more and more states adopted it, the NHL has seized the opportunities and entered into several partnerships with sports betting and d ‘other betting organizations.
Kane, 29, has three seasons in a seven-year, $ 49 million contract. He’s with his third organization after being drafted and making his debut with Atlanta / Winnipeg and a stint at Buffalo. According to Capfriendly, who charts the hockey payroll, he made just under $ 56 million during his NHL career.