NHL Star Evander Kane Accused by his Wife of Betting on Own Games3 weeks ago
A sports star owing a casino $500k is one thing, but a sports star allegedly betting on his own games and having his pregnant wife very publicly “out” him is quite another, as NHL star Evander Kane discovered recently…
Kane, a forward for the San Jose Sharks who pulls in a $7million per year salary, hit the headlines in 2019 when the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas sued him for $500,000 in unpaid casino markers.
Markers are casino credits offered to high-rollers and Kane was given 8 of them ranging from $20k up to $100k when he was in Vegas for the Stanley Cup playoffs two years ago.
The lawsuit was later dropped, although the hotel and casino resort would not confirm rumours that Kane had settled the debt and additional legal fees out of court.
Kane’s financial woes were not just limited to the Cosmopolitan - details of the Sharks’ star player’s chapter 7 bankruptcy filing hitting the newsstands in January of this year.
With 47 creditors and $26.8million of debt, Kane’s gambling problems saw him lose an estimated $1.5million in the month his bankruptcy was announced.
$8.3million of that massive debt was owed to the Centennial Bank, and with the hockey pro claiming to have only $10.2million in assets, including three homes, and a monthly income of -$90k, something had to give.
It doesn’t appear to have been his gambling that gave way, though, if his pregnant wife, Anna, is to be believed.
Anna Kane claims that her husband has been betting on his own matches, tagging the NHL as she asked:
“Can someone ask Gary Bettman [commissioner of the National Hockey League] how they can let a player gamble on his own games? Bet and win with bookies on his own games?”
She also landed a crushing blow on her wayward husband’s gambling skills, posting a photo on Instagram of “Casino Gambling For Dummies”.
The attached caption reads:
“When ur own teammates give you this book I think they are trying to tell you maybe you are not the best at the tables bud.”
Worse, perhaps, than all of these stories, however, is Anna Kane’s claims that she had to sell her wedding ring in order to buy baby formula for their one-year-old daughter.
“You have enough money to party and stay in hotels in Europe, go to dinners every night but I can’t buy my daughter formula and you force me to sell my wedding ring to have any money to survive as you party every day, every night.”
Kane, who is also reportedly engaged in litigation after a woman accused him of attacking her in a hotel room in 2016, responded to his wife’s allegations earlier this month, calling them “completely FALSE”.
“I have NEVER gambled/bet on Hockey, NEVER gambled/bet on a Sharks game, NEVER gambled/bet on any of my games and NEVER thrown a hockey game.'”
According to an ESPN report, the NHL's executive vice president and chief security officer, Jared Maples, will head a team to investigate the match-fixing claims.
An NHL spokesperson stated:
“The integrity of our game is paramount and the League takes these allegations very seriously.”
The San Jose Sharks also responded to news of the investigation, telling The Associated Press:
“The San Jose Sharks have been in contact today with the National Hockey League about the serious allegations made against Evander Kane. We support a full and transparent investigation into the situation to maintain the integrity of the game and consistency with our team values.”
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