Evander Kane of the San Jose Sharks fiercely disputed the allegations made by his wife that he bets on his own games and purposely loses for gambling profit on Sunday, allegations that the NHL is investigating.
Kane reacted Sunday morning to claims made the previous day in his wife Anna’s Instagram account.
“I have NEVER gambled/bet on Hockey, NEVER gambled/bet on a Sharks game, NEVER gambled/bet on any of my games and NEVER thrown a hockey game,” Kane wrote on Twitter. “The facts are I personally had my best season of the my career last year and was the most consistent I’ve been throughout any season; I’m proud of that. I love the game of Hockey and would never do any of what was alleged. I look forward to cooperating fully with the league’s investigation, having my name cleared, and looking forward to this upcoming season.”
The NHL stated on Twitter Saturday night that it was made aware of Anna Kane’s social media statements and intended to undertake a thorough investigation.
An Instagram story appeared to belong to Kane’s wife, Anna: “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 let a player gamble on his own games? Bet and win with bookies on his own games?”
Anna reportedly accused her husband of lavishly partying in Europe while pleading with her to sell her wedding ring to survive and finance their child’s baby formula.
Evander Kane stated that the couple is in the process of divorcing and referred to Anna Kane as “mentally unwell.”
NHL said in a statement, “The integrity of our game is paramount, and the League takes these allegations very seriously.”
In an email to The Associated Press, a Sharks team spokeswoman stated, “The San Jose Sharks 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.”
Kane’s gaming habit and financial situation are known publicly. Kane was sued in 2019 by a Las Vegas Strip casino for allegedly failing to fulfill a $500,000 gambling debt incurred during a playoff series against the Golden Knights.