Police: No charges against Patrick Kane after party weekend
BY BEN MEYER-ABBOTT firstname.lastname@example.org May 15, 2012 12:50PM
Patrick Kane had a blast in Wisconsin over Cinco de Mayo weekend, but he didn’t run afoul of police.
Updated: June 17, 2012 8:15AM
Blackhawks star Patrick Kane appears to have avoided any legal entanglements after his wild weekend in Madison, Wis.
Kane’s actions came to light after a Deadspin.com article featured pictures of an apparently intoxicated Kane at a Madison bar and detailed his activities during several Cinco de Mayo parties.
As of Tuesday, Kane hadn’t been charged with any crime in connection with his activities during the weekend of May 5, according to the Dane County (Wis.) district attorney’s office.
Joel DeSpain, the public information officer for the Madison Police Department, said a sergeant ‘‘had contact’’ with Kane on May 5 but said his actions didn’t warrant a citation or an arrest.
The female sergeant, who didn’t know who Kane was, told Kane and another man to break up an argument and sent them in opposite directions, DeSpain said.
DeSpain said his department is aware of the Deadspin article, which included allegations Kane choked a woman at frat party early that day, but he said he wasn’t aware of any complaints or any pending legal action against Kane.
It’s not the first time Kane has been a target on Deadspin. The website also published an article in February 2011 that accused Kane of missing two days of practice with a hangover instead of the flu.
‘‘I guess that’s the kind of reputation I have around here, where you’re sick for two days and people think you’re doing that stuff,’’ Kane told reporters at the time. ‘‘I got a text from my buddy, and you see that and your heart kind of drops, especially when you’re sick. I think that website makes up a lot of stuff.’’
Kane was arrested in August 2009 after he and his cousin allegedly punched a taxi driver while in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. Kane was cleared of any felonies in connection with the incident but did plead guilty to a non-criminal charge of disorderly conduct.
Kane talked about focusing on next season and staying healthy when the Hawks cleaned out their lockers after their first-round playoff exit last month at the hands of the Phoenix Coyotes.
‘‘I’m healthy right now; I’m excited about that,’’ Kane said April 25. ‘‘I don’t really want to risk that, especially going into next season. I saw the difference it can make, being healthy and not being healthy. [Last] summer, I could hardly skate with my [injured] wrist. I was out there with a cast, just skating around by myself. It was a little bit different, and I don’t think I was fully prepared for the season due to that. But I’m excited about being healthy for the summer, and I want to stay that way.’’