Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane was arrested after turning himself in to Buffalo Police Friday morning. According to a release by the Buffalo Police Department, Kane faces one count of criminal trespass, a misdemeanor, and four separate counts of non-criminal harassment, stemming from an alleged incident at a Buffalo bar in the early morning hours of June 24.
Police had been investigating the incident since it occurred. According to the Buffalo News, police made their reports of the allegations public last week. Kane was believed to be in his hometown of Vancouver at that time, but surrendered to authorities Friday.
Kane put his hands on four people at the bar early that morning, including the bouncer and three women, according to police sources. Police allege that Kane yanked the hair and grabbed the throat of one of the women, while trying to push her into his car.
Sources familiar with the case told The News Kane will face one count of misdemeanor criminal trespass - for allegedly refusing to leave the bar.
Sources said one video shows Kane pulling a woman by her hair and then grabbing her by the throat.
The police department released two reports last week listing the allegations against the 24-year-old Kane, based on statements from the other two women. They were among several people investigators interviewed. Sources have also told The News that several of Kane's teammates were present at the bar.
A Buffalo News photographer captured Kane being handcuffed outside of the city court Friday morning:
Kane is being represented by defense attorney Paul J. Cambria, who was also Patrick Kane's representative while he was under investigation by the Erie County district attorney's office last summer. Cambria also served as Evander Kane's attorney earlier this year when police investigated an alleged sexual encounter between Kane a woman at a Buffalo hotel. The Sabres forward was cleared of any wrongdoing and never charged with anything in that case.
The Sabres have not yet issued a statement, but back in July, general manager Tim Murray shared his frustration over Kane getting himself into trouble again when reports surfaced that police were reviewing this alleged incident.
"He's going to have to pick and choose his spots when he goes out a lot better than he does, and he's going to have to behave himself a lot better than he has obviously," Murray said.
"Whether he has done these things or not, or he is guilty of these things or not, it's not something I like getting up in the morning and reading about, that's for sure.
"Certainly, we don't like the fact that this is twice now that he's been in incidents like this. It's not good for the organization. It's not good for him."
Now that charges have been formally filed, the GM may feel even more strongly about those sentiments.
On top of the legal trouble he is facing, Kane could face additional discipline from the NHL. The presence of charges opens the door for a suspension if the league sees fit after its own review, however the league does not necessarily have to rush a decision with this being the offseason. Team activities are still months away from resuming.
UPDATE: The Sabres released a statement to acknowledge they are aware of the charges, but will not comment on them. Additionally, the NHL is observing the situation, per TSN's Darren Dreger:
NHL is monitoring E.Kane situation, but won't take any disciplinary action at this time.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 22, 2016
Bill Day says, Kane will be directed to the NHL/NHLPA Behavioral Health professionals for evaluation and counseling, if deemed necessary.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 22, 2016
Kane has been with the Sabres since being traded from the Winnipeg Jets during the 2014-15 season. The veteran forward did not play in his first game with the club until last season, however, as he sat out the remainder of the preceding season with injury.
In 65 games with the Sabres last year, Kane had 35 points. He is a veteran of seven NHL seasons.