Kane Pulled From EA's NHL Game Because of Sexual Assault Inquiryby
Blackhawks forward being investigated by police near Buffalo
Kane led Blackhawks to third Stanley Cup title in six years
Patrick Kane has been dropped from the cover of EA Sports’ NHL 16 video game because of a police investigation into an allegation of sexual assault against the Chicago Blackhawks forward.
The four-time National Hockey League All-Star also won’t appear at promotional events for the game, Electronic Arts Inc. said Wednesday in a statement on one of its Twitter accounts.
A woman in her 20s accused Kane, 26, of raping her at his lakefront home after they met in a Buffalo nightclub, the Buffalo News reported. Police in Hamburg, New York, are investigating and searched Kane’s home last week. No charges have been filed and Kane hasn’t commented publicly on the accusations.
Much of what’s been reported is inaccurate, Kane’s lawyer, Paul Cambria, told USA Today, without being specific. Pat Brisson, Kane’s agent, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.
Kane, who last year signed an eight-year, $84 million deal, led the Blackhawks in scoring during the 2015 postseason as Chicago won its third Stanley Cup title in six years. The 5-foot-11, 181-pound Kane won the league’s Rookie of the Year award in 2008 and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2013 playoffs.
Kane was supposed to be on the NHL 16 cover holding the Stanley Cup alongside Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, the first time the company put teammates on the front of the hockey game. The new cover features Toews alone.
Redwood City, California-based EA produces sports video games including FIFA soccer and the Madden football franchise.