Many of us have known this all along, but now it is official—Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane is innocent. According to Erie County District Attorney, Frank A. Sedita, III, all charges have been dropped. After an extensive and exhausting investigation that took so many turns you would have thought you bought a ticket to the circus, allegations made by a 21 year-old woman that 26 year-old Patrick Kane raped her on his bed have been proven false.
As seen in the District Attorney’s statement, the investigative findings included the following (I have taken this directly from their statement):
- Significant inconsistencies between the complainant’s accounts and those of other witnesses
- DNA results lend no corroboration to the complainant’s claim of penetration, which is a required element for proving a rape charge.
- Physical evidence and forensic evidence, when viewed in tandem, tend to contradict what the complainant is claiming about Kane raping her on his bed.
- While Kane did exercise his constitutional right to remain silent (this prohibits questioning by law enforcement), he has made no known incriminating statements to any civilian, nor has he engaged in any conduct consistent with a consciousness of guilt.
The District Attorney goes on to say that the complainant, after consultation with her attorney, has decided to no longer go forward with a criminal prosecution. She signed a “Non-Prosecution Affidavit” that states, “That after fully discussing all the circumstances with my attorney, I have decided I do not wish to criminally prosecute the charges which stem out of this investigation. I do so of my own free will and without any promises or compensation.”
Additionally, the statement goes on to say that “The totality of the credible evidence—the proof—does not sufficiently substantiate the complainant’s allegation that she was raped by Patrick Kane and this so-called “case” is rife with reasonable doubt.”
There you have it people—Patrick Kane is innocent. I knew it all along, but this circus of an investigation brought on so much negativity and caused Kane to lose out on endorsements, his day with the Stanley Cup and the cover of NHL 16. I hope all of the people who doubted Kane feel bad for taking everything away from him when he was never charged or guilty of anything—they just jumped to conclusions.
Let’s get Kane back on the cover of NHL 16 and let him have his real day with the Cup—at least his play hasn’t been affected and he has been playing extremely well despite all this stress. Maybe now he will play even better, so watch out hockey world, Patrick Kane is back.