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Sharks’ Evander Kane’s dark past of ‘assault, debt & promising $3M for abortion’ revealed as he’s accused of game-fixing

The US Sun
The US Sun
 2021-08-02
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EMBATTLED NHL star Evander Kane has a dark past that includes staggering gambling debts, accusations of violence against women, and claims he promised to pay a lover $3million to get an abortion.

The troubles of the San Jose Sharks winger resurfaced over the weekend after his estranged wife, Anna Kane, claimed he intentionally threw games to pay off his debts in a since-deleted rant on Instagram.

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Evander Kane plays for the San Jose Sharks Credit: Getty
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His wife, Anna Kane, claimed he intentionally threw games to pay off his debts in a since-deleted rant on Instagram Credit: Rex

Anna accused the 30-year-old of being a "compulsive gambling addict" who tanked games for profit and abandoned her and their toddler to party in Europe while their home was being seized by the bank.

In one post, she wrote: "Can someone ask [commissioner] Gary Bettman how they let a player gamble on his own games? Bet and win with bookies on his own games?"

She also claimed the star would spend heaps of cash lavishly partying while asking her to sell her wedding ring to survive. In one post she said she was even unable to afford formula for their child.

In response, Evander released a statement categorically denying the game-fixing allegations and called Anna "mentally unwell."

He accused his "soon-to-be-ex" wife of fabricating the betting claims in an attempt to sabotage his career.

The NHL has launched an investigation into the claims.

In a statement, the league wrote: "The integrity of our game is paramount and the League takes these allegations very seriously.''

But the accusations come as the latest in a string of controversies to emerge in Evander Kane's personal life in the last five years.

HOTEL ROOM 'ATTACK'

The left-winger first found himself in hot water back in 2016 after he was sued by a woman in Buffalo, New York, who accused him of attacking her in her hotel room.

The woman, named in court documents as Rachel Kuechle, claimed that she met Kane in a bar in December 2015, who bought her drinks before inviting her back to his room on what her lawyers said was a "false pretext" of a party.

But once inside the room, Kane allegedly "engaged in extreme and outrageous conduct" towards Kuechle, the suit stated.

The woman claimed she suffered cuts and bleeding that required surgery in the alleged attack.

Without providing details of how she was injured, her lawyers said Kuechle suffered "serious emotional trauma" and "serious, permanent and painful personal injuries."

Kane was cleared of any criminal conduct after police investigated the incident, which was initially described as a possible sexual assault.

He later filed a counterclaim accusing the woman of damaging his reputation. The outcome of the legal battle remains unclear.

'GRABBING WOMEN IN CLUB'

Later the same year, Kane was accused of assault again by three women and who claimed he grabbed them at a nightclub in Buffalo.

One woman claimed he grabbed her by the wrist. Another, by the hair. A third, around the neck.

A bouncer at the club also claimed to have a run-in with Kane, after he allegedly refused to leave the club after the women complained.

Kane denied all claims, calling them "extremely exaggerated."

He was initially charged with trespassing and separate non-criminal violations of disorderly conduct and harassment.

Those charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement that required Kane to stay out of trouble for six months.

'FAILED TO PAY $3M FOR ABORTION'

Just two years later, Kane found himself at the center of a legal storm once again when he was sued by a woman for $6million.

In the suit, the woman claimed Kane had promised to pay her $3million after she agreed to abort three different pregnancies between 2016 and 2018.

After the first two abortions, the woman didn't want to have another one and said Kane began "bullying" her before offering $3million to terminate the third pregnancy.

She said she had the procedure done in June 2018 but Kane never paid her the money.

Kane's attorney called the women's claims "baseless both factually and legally."

"We will aggressively defend this claim in court on Evander’s behalf and assert all applicable counterclaims," defense attorney Paul Cambria said in a statement at the time.

'WALKED OUT ON CASINO DEBT'

Kane found himself back in hot water again in 2019 when he was sued by the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, a resort and casino, after allegedly walking out on $500,000 worth of debt.

The court documents stated that Kane, a Canadian citizen, took out eight credits of varying amounts between $20,000 and $100,000 on or around April 15, 2019.

That date would have fallen between games three and four of the Stanley Cup playoff series between the Sharks and the Las Vegas Golden Nights.

The casino has also been seeking repayment of any legal fees associated with the suit.

However, the case was dismissed in April 2020. An attorney for the casino declined to comment on whether it was settled out of court or any other stipulations of dismissal.

SUED BY LENDER AFTER BANKRUPTCY

Then, this year, Kane ran into even more trouble, filing for bankruptcy in California with $26.8 million in debt and getting sued by Professional Bank over an unpaid loan.

The bank sued Kane for $15 million, claiming he defrauded the company in the process of securing a loan of $1.5 million.

"At around that same time, Kane was also borrowing enormous amounts of money from other banks including Centennial Bank, Zions Bancorporation, and South River Capital," the lawsuit states.

"Kane was also incurring enormous amounts of debt owed to other creditors. By all appearances, the plan back then was that these amounts were never going to be paid or paid back."

The terms of his loan were reportedly linked to Kane's seven-year, $49 million contract with San Jose signed in 2018.

Alarm bells were raised when his first interest payment never came, the bank says, adding he allegedly made claims similar to other lenders that had deals where they would be paid directly by the Sharks.

"Kane was in default, including by him revoking the automatic payment that was to occur from the Sharks," the suit states.

That legal fight remains ongoing.

Kane, 30, is three seasons into a $49 million, seven-year contract.

He’s with his third organization after being drafted by and debuting with Atlanta/Winnipeg and a stint in Buffalo.

Last season, he notched up 22 goals and 27 assists in 56 games.

In a statement to ESPN, the Sharks said: "[We] have been in contact today with the National Hockey League about the serious allegations made against Evander Kane.

"We support a full and transparent investigation into the situation to maintain the integrity of the game and consistency with our team values.''

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Kane, 30, is three seasons into a $49 million, seven-year contract Credit: AP
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Kane released a statement denying his wife's claims Credit: Evander Kane
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The second part of his statement is seen above Credit: Evander Kane

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Shelly Bee
08-03

Sounds as if the man is having serious issues. I can't say for sure I wasn't there at those times, but to me, it seems as if he needs an intervention, or 2 or 3.

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Pleeb1982
08-03

Where have I seen this before? Gorgeous blond runs afoul of her black athlete husband.

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