Evander Kane Won't Be Charged for Sexual Encounter: Details, Reaction

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMarch 11, 2016

The Winnipeg Jets' Evander Kane  during warm-up prior to an NFL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Thursday, Jan 29, 2015., in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
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Buffalo Sabres winger Evander Kane won't face charges after an investigation into a sexual encounter from last December found no wrongdoing. 

Per Dan Herbeck and Lou Michel of the Buffalo News, the Erie County District Attorney's Office and Buffalo Police Department determined nothing illegal took place after "a young woman who spent the night with him sought medical treatment at Erie County Medical Center and said she could not remember what happened."   

Erie County Acting District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty Jr. issued a statement included in Herbeck and Michel's report:

This investigation was the result of the Buffalo Police following automatic protocols that are in place. Those protocols were followed and there was never a criminal complaint filed. 

After a careful and diligent examination of all the known facts, including the results of forensic and toxicological testing, neither the provable facts nor the applicable law support the filing of any criminal charges or a prosecution in this matter....

In December, Michel and Tim Graham reported Kane was the subject of a sex offense investigation stemming from an alleged incident that took place in a Buffalo hotel room. 

Kane addressed the situation one day later, telling reporters, per John Hickey of the Buffalo News (h/t Jared Clinton of the Hockey News), he did nothing wrong: 

Obviously you guys are all aware of the situation that occurred, or that’s going on right now. There’s not a whole lot I can say. I just want to say I’ve done nothing wrong; I look forward to clearing my name. I respect the legal process and, unfortunately at this time, there’s not much more I can talk about.

The NHL said in a statement it was "aware of and monitoring the investigation" involving Kane and it would have "no further comment" on the issue at the time. 

The 24-year-old Kane is in his seventh NHL season, his first with the Sabres, and has appeared in 58 of the team's 69 games this season. He has previously played for the Atlanta Thrashers and Winnipeg Jets, scoring 222 points in 361 career games.