Hey there pals! A few people mentioned a post like this would be nice, so I made it. This is a post linking to some of Kaner’s more notable fuck-ups. What this is NOT: a post meant to make you feel bad about liking him, a post meant to tell you not to like him, whatever. Do what you want, I’m not your mom. But the level of misinformation regarding Kaner’s fuck-ups is kind of epic, so I figured the links collected in one place might be useful.
Kane was charged with second-degree robbery, fourth-degree criminal mischief, and theft of services. He pled not guilty. On August 17, Kane apologized for the distress he caused, saying he had been “at the wrong place at the wrong time,” and mentioned his family, the Chicago Blackhawks organization, and their fan base—but not Radecki. Kane and his cousin appeared before a grand jury on August 19. While they were cleared of any felony charges, the two were still indicted on less severe misdemeanor assault, theft and harassment charges. Kane and his cousin reiterated their not guilty pleas when appearing in court the next day. On August 27, Kane and cousin pled guilty to noncriminal disorderly conduct charges, and were both given conditional discharges, avoiding any penalties if they stayed out of trouble for a year, and also ordered to apologize to Radecki.
For Halloween 2009, Patrick Kane dressed up with Adam Burish and Patrick Sharp as, respectively, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, and Phil Jackson. Kane and Burish wore blackface for this. The picture is below. I’m not linking to any articles because the ones with still-alive links are shitty and offensive.
It’s harder to collect links for this because the season after the Stanley Cup - 2010-2011 - was full of disparate reports of Kane and other Blackhawks (but, it’s worth noting, mostly Kane) closing down bars on game nights, etc. There’s nothing wrong with being in a bar, but there were lots of reports of him having issues. All of this calmed down by the end of the year.
The two-day hangover theory is asinine, but some more credible sources were floating that he did indeed have a drinking/drug problem that year. Reportedly, management came down hard on him and he stopped.
Or at least, he stopped until Madison.
Madison/Cinco de Mayo
This happened, it’s worth noting, last summer, in 2012. Deadspin has a good rundown of it here, but there was pretty widespread outrage. Links:
- No charges were levied
- Patrick Kane needs to grow up
- Blackhawks concerned about Kane’s off-ice escapades
Those are the main incidents people are referring to when they say Patrick Kane has a bad history. It’s worth noting this took me less than 20 minutes to put together via Google, so I think it’s high time it was put together and easily accessible. Patrick Kane’s behavior started long before the Madison fuckup.