Kane is expected to play in Saturday’s exhibition game against the Blues.
“Especially after the past couple days, right now, I’m just trying to focus on the game tonight, coming out in practice today, trying to get better, focus on that,” Kane said. "But I don’t really have anything to say about what transpired over the past, however it’s been, 72 hours. My focus is here on the game tonight.”
Kane then added, with a smile: “I’ll also congratulate the Chicago Cubs on clinching a playoff spot.”
The investigation into whether Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane sexually assaulted a woman in August always had the potential to become a public spectacle. But no one could have predicted this
In the last few days alone information regarding DNA evidence has been leaked and there have been accusations of evidence tampering and claims that a bag from a rape evidence kit was delivered anonymously to the home of the complainant’s mother. Those allegations were diffused Thursday night when the attorney representing the complainant suddenly pulled himself from the case because of “ethical obligations.”
On Friday, the case took yet another bizarre turn when the Erie County District Attorney established that the mother of the complainant was behind an “elaborate hoax” that threatens to end the investigation.
“The question in my mind is not when this case will go to a grand jury. The question in my mind is if it will go to a grand jury,” said Sedita. “There will be one of two actions taken by this office: this case will either be administratively closed, as other cases have been, or this case will be presented to the grand jury. I have discretion as the district attorney of this county in making that determination. Those are the two options on the table.”
The lawyer for a woman accusing the star of sexual assault abruptly quit the case Thursday night, saying he’s no longer comfortable representing the woman because of how her mother reported finding an evidence bag they believed once held the woman’s rape kit.
"I can only say that I don’t know what’s true and what’s not true," Eoannou said during a hastily called news conference at his downtown Buffalo law office. "I received the story line from the mother. And it’s my position that I’m not comfortable with that version of the events."
Despite his concerns, Eoannou said he’s still confident in the woman’s allegations against Kane.
"I don't know how that reflects, and I don't think it does, on the night in question," Eoannou said.
The woman's mother declined an interview request, and instead referred to a statement the family released to the media.
"While we are disappointed that Mr. Eoannou has withdrawn from his role providing advice and counsel in the criminal investigation of Patrick Kane, we have every intention of pursuing this case to a just conclusion," the statement said. "It must be emphasized that there exists no evidence or allegation that the accuser herself had any knowledge of the evidence bag until it was brought to Mr. Eoannou's office."
Kane has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman in her 20s at his waterfront mansion outside of Buffalo on Aug. 2. He has not been charged.
Last week, Kane said he did nothing wrong and expected to be absolved.
Kane and the NHL have been subject to criticism for allowing the player to report to training camp and play in the preseason despite the investigation.
On Wednesday, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said "nothing's changed," regarding Kane's status with the team. He shrugged off the notion that the latest news involving Kane contributes to a distraction.
"We don't change our routine at all," Quenneville told reporters outside his team's dressing room in Detroit. "It's business as usual, going into the game."
The Blackhawks, who have won three Stanley Cups in six years, open the regular season Oct. 7 at home against the New York Rangers.