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The NHL announced Saturday that it will conduct a full investigation into allegations made on social media that Sharks forward Evander Kane gambled on league games.
The social media posts, appearing Saturday afternoon in Instagram stories on an account belonging to Kane’s wife, Anna, said Kane gambled on Sharks games.
The NHL issued the following statement: “The League was made aware this evening of a post on social media alleging that San Jose Sharks Player Evander Kane bet on NHL games. The integrity of our game is paramount and the League takes these allegations very seriously.
“We intend to conduct a full investigation and will have no further comment at this time.”
One of the Instagram posts from the account of Anna Kane was directed to the NHL. “How does the NHL let a compulsive gambling addict still play when he’s obviously throwing games to win money? Hmm maybe someone needs to address this.
“Can someone ask (Commissioner) Gary Bettman how they can let a player gamble on his own games? Bet and win with bookies on his own games?”
The social media account is followed by some Sharks staff members and many wives and girlfriends of Sharks players. A source confirmed that it is Anna Kane’s account.
In her posts, Anna Kane also alleges that her husband has abandoned her and their infant daughter and forced her to sell her wedding ring in order to meet her expenses. Their home has been foreclosed, she said.
“This is when the addiction is more important then (sic) anyone and everything,” she wrote. “My heart goes out to anyone who has to deal with loved ones addicted to anything in any form who put that before their own family… I wouldn’t wish this pain or any of this on anyone this is a living nightmare.”
The Sharks, in a statement, said they 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.”
It is unclear when the league’s investigation might begin or how long it might last. Efforts to reach Kane’s agent Saturday were unsuccessful.
Questions about Kane’s gambling habits began to arise in 2019 when The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas sued him in regards to $500,000 in unpaid gambling debts. The suit was dropped in April of last year.
In January of this year, Kane filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy listing assets totaling just over $10.2 million and his liabilities at over $26.8 million. According to the petition, he lost $1.5 million due to gambling “at casino and via bookie (sports betting).”
In March, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said Kane “is getting guidance and support in the areas that he needs.”
Kane, 29, has four seasons remaining on the seven-year, $49 million deal he signed with the Sharks in May 2018. This past season was among his best in 12 NHL seasons, as he led the Sharks in goals (22), assists (27) and points (49).
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