As I'm sure you know by now, Blackhawks forward, Patrick Kane was arrested Sunday morning along with his cousin after they allegedly attacked a cab driver who failed to give them change after they paid their fare. According to reports, Kane and his cousin, James Kane gave the cabbie $15 for their $13.80 cab fare. When the driver told them he did not have the twenty cents in change they punched him and took back the money they had paid him.
Now this is Patrick "I will not fight back after Johan Franzen pulls my mouthguard from my mouth when we're down 6-1 in game 4 of the NHL Western Conference Final" Kane we are talking about. He really did this? Honestly I have a hard time believing that he would. I understand when you're drunk you do a lot of things you normally wouldn't, but this doesn't add up. Kane is a professional hockey player, he makes a decent amount of scratch, not to mention this guy is not aggressive. I believe that while Kane is probably guilty of everything he is accused of, the cabbie isn't completely innocent in all of this.
That reason is mainly why I hesitated so long on posting something about this story. I wanted more information to come out and while Kane has remained quiet about all of this, the cab driver's lawyer was on WGNR and has stated that Patrick Kane has not committed a felony. The Blackhawks' star was charged with second-degree robbery, fourth-degree criminal mischief and theft of services, but was not charged with assault or battery. Kane's court date is set for August 17th.
One major issue that has come into question is the cabbie's decision to lock the doors of the cab until payment was rendered. According to the driver's lawyer, this is a common, although admittedly stupid, practice that is used with younger people who are intoxicated. While Kane's side of the story has not come out, the cabbie claims that he was unable to unlock the door for the two in the back seat because at the time he was being attacked. Additionally the lawyer admitted that the driver has a bit of an abrasive personality and that may have played a part in this confrontation.
I have very little experience riding in cabs, but as I've heard from others, the likelihood that the cabbie's personality may have provoked him is rather high. This doesn't excuse Kane and his cousin for what they did, but it may shed light on why a non-aggressive person became so aggressive, also the fact that both men were intoxicated doesn't help matters.
Another interesting part about this story that has not been mentioned much is the fact that Patrick Kane is only 20 years old and intoxicated, yet he was never brought up on underage drinking charges.
Finally for those who don't understand why Kane wouldn't just let him keep the change and insinuate that he's a cheapskate. This story from the Chicago Tribune asserts the complete opposite, which may give credence to the speculation that the cabbie isn't 100% innocent in this situation.
No word yet if this will jeopardize Kane's chances of making the US Olympic Team or result in a potential suspension by the NHL.
This has cash settlement written all over it. The only good thing I can think of that has come from this is it made my decision between a Kane sweater and a Toews sweater a lot easier.
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