San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane says the gambling charges leveled against him this summer are “incredibly false” and believes he will be cleared at the conclusion of the NHL’s ongoing investigation.
“It’s unfortunate that this happened, it’s unfortunate that those allegations — false allegations — were made,” Kane told ESPN’s Linda Kohn in an interview aired Thursday.
In July, Kane’s estranged wife, Anna Kane, came out with a series of public allegations against him, including allegations that he bet on his own NHL games. Shortly after, the NHL announced that the league was launching an investigation into the matter. Kane denied the allegations regarding his personal conduct and gambling at the time, and reiterated that stance during Thursday’s interview:
“Obviously when [the allegations] I immediately understood their horrors, not knowing what was going to happen next. But reassured, because I know it’s not true. I knew what she was saying was not true,” Kane told Kohan of the allegations. “I was very confident, comfortable with where I was, knowing that I was going to be acquitted and cleared of those charges.”
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When asked by Cohn if Kane was still gambling, Kane said he did not. Cohn also asked several pointed questions about his gambling history in relation to the NHL – specifically, whether he had ever bet on an NHL game or changed the way he played because of the bet – and he replied that He had not.
The NHL investigation into the matter is expected to be completed before the start of the training camp.
Kane admitted that he had faced a gambling problem, and opened up about how it affected his life. He said his decision to file for bankruptcy in January was the first step in “making some better decisions going forward.”
“I had a gambling problem, and when you have a gambling problem—like an alcohol problem or a drug problem—sometimes you can’t control your actions,” said Kane, who said it He also said that he would gamble once the night before. a playoff game.
“I think probably the worst thing that happened to me was a big win, because you think you can do it again. When you’re an athlete, the competitive juices are flowing. And then when you If you lose, it bothers you even more and you want to go back… you just keep digging a deep hole. But at the end of the day, it’s something I went through and I look forward to moving on from it Am. “
Ken was also asked about last month athletic report, which stated that “many” of Kane’s Sharks teammates did not want him to return to the team.
“I think it’s easy to point a finger at me. I think it’s easy to try to scapegoat me because of some of my personal issues that are going on in public, and point that out,” he Told Kohan. “I think it’s an easy cop-out. At the same time, I do not necessarily know or believe that this is true. “