The National Hockey League announced Saturday that it has opened a gambling investigation into San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane after his wife made claims that he’s bet on NHL games.
San Jose inked Kane to a seven-year contract worth $49 million in 2018. However, Kane filed for bankruptcy in January, claiming he was $26.8 million in debt. Also, Professional Bank hit him with a $15-million lawsuit earlier this year due to “punitive and exemplary damages based on the fraud of Defendant Kane… ten times the amount of the compensatory damages.”
Kane’s wife Anna is the mother of their daughter and is pregnant with their son. On Saturday in an Instagram post, Anna Kane stated, “Can someone ask Gary Bettman how they can let a player gamble on his own games? Bet and win with bookies on his own games?”
She also claimed that Kane has taken vacations and spent his time partying in Europe with another woman while she’s at home with their baby without enough money to buy formula.
On Sunday morning, Kane released two statements via his Twitter account, denying his wife’s accusations about betting on hockey in the first statement before addressing his wife’s claims about him being an absentee father to his daughter in the second:
Anna Kane took to Instagram this morning to respond to her husband’s statements. She said, “The press is letting him control the narrative because of who he is, But I think anyone can see through his manipulation and see the truth. I asked him to go to therapy, but he told me it’s not important for us to try to save our marriage.
“He doesn’t want to get help, he doesn’t want to be a real man and father. He wants to be able to gamble and live freely. So pls stop using the “pyscho ex wife” card. Maybe I’m just a wife and mother who reached her breaking point. Embarrassed in every way that things are public and I hope one day you realize that your GAMBLING is the problem. Not an ex wife or anyone else.”
Back in November of 2019, The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas filed a lawsuit against Kane for not paying back more than $500,000 worth gambling markers. According to court documents, Kane took out credits ranging from between $20,000 and 100,000 in April when the Sharks were facing the Las Vegas Golden Knights in the first round of the NHL Playoffs.
Kane is off one of his best seasons as a pro, scoring 49 points with 22 goals and 27 assists. Kane’s 27 assists matched a career-high he initially posted in 2012 when he played for Winnipeg
Kane was arrested in 2016 by Buffalo police who said he grabbed three women by their necks and hair in separate incidents at a bar on the same night. He got the charges dropped by signing a plea agreement. The prosecutor described Kane’s alleged behavior as “arrongant, boorish and surly, but not criminal.”