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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

So now the league is stuck in a situation in which it cannot win. If it continues to allow Kane to play and practice with the Blackhawks, it risks alienating those who think it is not reacting appropriately to a very serious allegation of sexual assault. And if it suspends Kane, it will be accused of having a knee-jerk reaction and taking action before all the facts are known.

So in the absence of any sanity at all in this situation, the league is allowing Kane to stay. And that’s as it should be.

Because when it comes down to it, the NHL had absolutely nothing to do with what transpired, one way or another, in Patrick Kane’s home the night of Aug. 2. It can’t do anything about the fact that Kane hired as his lawyer a man who would allow himself to be photographed and filmed with a mug commemorating Hustler’s 40th anniversary and something called “Money Soap” in the background. It has no control over the innuendo, allegations and now, skullduggery that have dominated the narrative of this event.

People can talk all they want about whose DNA was where, but what this case really comes down to is consent. Kane’s DNA could be present, but that doesn’t necessarily indicate rape.

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Alan's avatar

Personally, I think the NHL should have suspended Kane with pay until the investigation is concluded, and a grand jury decides whether the Kane case should go to trial or not.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 09/23/15 at 05:51 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Maybe this will answer some questions..

Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated talked with a SI legal analyst.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/23/15 at 05:58 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

The Hockey News is engaged in rape apologism here. In the two recent domestic violence cases involving Russian players, the NHL was clear that those players would not be participating until the issue was sorted out. Since Kane is American and a superstar, the standard is different. It’s disgusting.

Even the NFL wouldn’t sink this low.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 09/23/15 at 06:32 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Redxblack nails it.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 09/23/15 at 06:52 PM ET

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Redxblack nails it.

+1.

 

Posted by neffernin on 09/23/15 at 07:24 PM ET

SYF's avatar

The Hockey News is engaged in rape apologism here. In the two recent domestic violence cases involving Russian players, the NHL was clear that those players would not be participating until the issue was sorted out. Since Kane is American and a superstar, the standard is different. It’s disgusting.

Even the NFL wouldn’t sink this low.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 09/23/15 at 06:32 PM ET

Crushed it, brother.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 09/23/15 at 09:00 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

he Hockey News is engaged in rape apologism here. In the two recent domestic violence cases involving Russian players, the NHL was clear that those players would not be participating until the issue was sorted out. Since Kane is American and a superstar, the standard is different. It’s disgusting.

Even the NFL wouldn’t sink this low.

They won’t because Kane is a Slackhawk. angry

Posted by bigfrog on 09/23/15 at 10:18 PM ET

Iggy_Rules's avatar

Yeah, I am with redxblack here as well. Kane should be suspended pending the outcome of this case. The NHL is doing the wrong thing here.

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 09/24/15 at 07:46 AM ET

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Since Kane is American and a superstar, the standard is different.

Give me a break, the standard is different?  The standard would be different if he WERE suspended.  Slava Voynov was suspended after he was arrested.

If you want the standard to be the same then you should be pushing for the league to allow Kane to keep playing until he is actually charged.

Posted by Garth on 09/24/15 at 08:28 AM ET

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