There are already people blaming the woman in this, without even knowing anything about her. Entrapment. Gold digger. You name it. But you notice how many players there are in the NHL? Somehow this stuff always happens to Kane. Even if it’s entrapment, Kane was obviously seen as an easy mark, a guy who lets his little head think for his big one.
I have no doubt than the NHL, with help from St. Rockwell of Madison Street, will somehow manage to make this all go away. But just because you flush, the bathroom still stinks.
– Me, Months ago.
Of course this ended this way. The Chicago Blackhawks were not going to leave anything to chance with their $84 million investment. The NHL is banking on The Face Of USA Hockey benefiting from short memories outside of Chicago, and the firm belief that anybody who plays for a team you like is of the highest moral fiber.
I’ll say this – whoever it is that does the cleaning for the Hawks does one hell of a job. The closest the team has come to having an incident blow up in Chicago ended with Jonathan Toews simply walking away from his automobile accident rather than sticking around for the cops. But other than that? Crickets.
Now, of course, nobody other than Kane and his (former) accuser will ever know what happened in that room on that night. And there is an awful lot of real estate between “not guilty” and “innocent”.
But the way the Blackhawks handled the whole situation was pretty shitty and arrogant. The shitshow of having Kane sit in front of the press (HOCKEY QUESTIONS ONLY!) before going into their usual pep rally. The bobblehead night. Kane hooking the banner. All of it. At the time it looked tone-deaf, now it looks like the smugness of someone who knows the fix is in.
Now we’ll know if this was really “the pressure” or a payoff based upon one simple indicator – whether there is a civil suit or not. If there’s a payoff then there will be no civil suit. Because a civil trial would not be great for Kane, the Hawks, or the NHL. For starters, in a criminal trial, Kane isn’t required to take the stand. In a civil trial, if he’s called, he has to. And the burden of proof changes from guilt to liability – basically instead of the State (in this case, Erie County) having to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Kane is guilty, Kane would have to prove lack of liability. And let’s be real here – whatever case the Erie Co. prosecutor might have had was blown to bits with the debacle of the evidence bag – that was “Probable Cause” on a silver platter.
But at this point I’d be surprised if there are any civil proceedings. I’m pretty certain wherever the money is coming from contains a gag order – no press, no public statements (books, etc.), no anything. So this will all fall into the abyss, like Drew Doughty, like Jameis Winston, like any other athlete who has been on the lucky side of the chromosome lottery.
Where does this leave Blackhawks’ fans? We’ve already seen it – with the exception of a very small percentage who barely created a pinhole in the firewall, it’s business as usual. And Kane will get a huge ovation tomorrow night for not being charged with rape, just as he got a huge ovation at Notre Dame for being accused of rape. Hell, look at how beloved Mike Tyson is, and he was convicted of rape.
As for Kane, he will continue making millions of dollars for playing hockey. I wouldn’t be surprised though, if the Hawks make him start summering in Chicago. See my remarks above regarding the Hawks and their cleaner. Because we only know for certain about the incidents that have made the public record. To be fair to Kane, everything else is hearsay. But the Blackhawks’ management knows it all. And they also know that if they treat their business as if it’s business as usual, all they are doing is resetting the clock for the next awful thing Kane does. And whatever happens next might not be resolved with a checkbook.
As for this humble blog? I honestly don’t know. Neither CT nor I have any appetite for making fun of anybody in the league…bear in mind, I’m saying this with the Blues being the next team on the schedule. For those thinking we owe Kane an apology…yeah, good luck with that. For those wondering if we’ll be “Fair and balanced” toward Kane…we’ve never been fair or balanced about anything ever. Why start now?
But that “feminazi” guy from our comments…feel free to stop by at any time. But for the love of God, buy a fuckin’ shirt.