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NHL concludes rape allegations against Patrick Kane unfounded

By The Sports Xchange   |   March 9, 2016 at 4:35 PM
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The NHL has completed its independent review of the Patrick Kane matter and concluded the allegations made against the Chicago Blackhawks star forward were unfounded, the league announced Wednesday.

The NHL said the final stage of the review included an in-person meeting between the 27-year-old Kane and commissioner Gary Bettman in New York on Monday.

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"Based on its review, including the determination made by the Erie County District Attorney not to pursue charges, the NHL has concluded that the allegations made against Kane were unfounded. The League considers the matter closed and will have no further comment," the press release stated.

Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said in November that Kane would not face rape charges because of a lack of credible evidence. At the time, the accuser notified authorities she was no longer interested in cooperating with their investigation.

Sedita did not present the case to a grand jury. He said a three-month investigation by the district attorney's office showed greater signs that physical and forensic evidence "tend to contradict" a claim by Kane's accuser that she was raped Aug. 2 at Kane's offseason home in Hamburg, N.Y.

In September, the accuser's attorney dropped the case when her mother was involved in a manufactured story about an unopened rape kit at their home.

Kane, who is featured on one of two regional covers of this week's Sports Illustrated, was the first overall pick in the 2007 NHL draft. He leads the league with 89 points (38 goals, 51 assists) in 67 games this season.

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