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The ‘Boy’ Still Remains In Patrick Kane

from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Twenty-three-year-olds still have some wild oats to sow. I was 23 once and so were many of you. But we weren’t representing an NHL hockey team. We didn’t score the goal that won the Stanley Cup for the Hawks. Our lives weren’t very public….

If you Googled “Patrick Kane’’ on Saturday, the first item that came up was “Patrick Kane’s drunken weekend.’’ That’s not something the image-conscious Blackhawks want when they’re trying to sell themselves to families. That’s not what you want 8-year-old Timmy seeing when he’s researching his favorite player for a school report.

Athletes are role models, whether they want to be or not. It comes with the money and the fame. Your every move is watched, analyzed and judged. Some of those moves are emulated, even the stumbling-drunk ones.

I don’t want to go all Puritan on Kane here. It can’t be overstated that he’s 23. But does his, um, enthusiasm have to be so public? Is it really necessary for him to dance on a bar top with a bottle in his hand (see YouTube)? Is taking off your shirt in a club a prerequisite to having a good time?

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I have trouble getting too indignant about Kane, considering my own behavior at 23. But he needs to be more aware of his role and what is going on. Passing out in public isn’t cool, even when you are 23.

Posted by timbits on 05/13/12 at 12:45 AM ET

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I was 23 once and so were many of you.

Right. Because “some of us” were never 23. We went straight from being 22 to being 24. Brilliant logic.

I don’t want to go all Puritan on Kane here. It can’t be overstated that he’s 23. But does his, um, enthusiasm have to be so public?

Enthusiasm? So it was “enthusiasm” that led this punk to beat up a 50-something cab driver over 25¢? And it was “enthusiasm” that led him to force himself on a young woman who didn’t want anything to do with him?

It wasn’t “enthusiasm,” you douchebag. It was a sense of entitlement that this little punk has displayed from the moment he entered the league. Is he talented? No doubt about it. But that doesn’t entitle him to disregard the right of others because he thinks the world owes him something.

Kane is a punk. He always has been. And the odds are he always will be.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/13/12 at 01:33 AM ET

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Kane is a punk. He always has been. And the odds are he always will be.

Posted by OlderThanChelios on 05/12/12 at 11:33 PM ET

This ^^^^^

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/13/12 at 10:54 AM ET

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I was 23 once and so were many of you.

Right. Because “some of us” were never 23. We went straight from being 22 to being 24. Brilliant logic.

There are those that might be under 23 reading this site as well.

Posted by Steve J from Columbia, MO on 05/13/12 at 10:54 AM ET

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Passing out in public isn’t cool, even when you are 23.

uh yeah, neither is choking girls.  regardless of his age, this guy deserves no sympathy.

Posted by jwad on 05/13/12 at 11:08 AM ET

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I can say with experience that taking your shirt off in a club does in fact enhance the experience. Usually goes best when followed up by pouring a full beer on yourself too.

TL;DR I want to party with Patrick Kane

Posted by dickshilling on 05/13/12 at 01:46 PM ET

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Posted by dickshilling on 05/13/12 at 11:46 AM ET

Is the experience also enhanced by harassing and physically assaulting women?  Or how about the cops needing to break up an altercation which started because you made anti-Semitic comments?  Allegedly of course

maybe you should have taken the time to read about it before making your statement.

Posted by jwad on 05/13/12 at 02:45 PM ET

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Posted by jwad on 05/13/12 at 12:45 PM ET

I think dickshilling was being sarcastic.

Posted by Seaner from San Jose on 05/13/12 at 06:21 PM ET

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Is taking off your shirt in a club a prerequisite to having a good time?

Only if you’re Tracy Jordan.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!! in ’13

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/13/12 at 06:50 PM ET

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