CHICAGO — After a bizarre 72 hours in which the sexual assault investigation of Blackhawks star Patrick Kane took several unexpected twists, the forward said Saturday his mind remained on hockey.
"Especially after the past couple of days, right now, I'm just trying to focus on the game (Saturday), coming out in practice … and trying to get better, focus on that. But I don't really have anything to say about what transpired over the past, whatever it's been, 72 hours," said Kane, who scored his first goal of the preseason in a 3-1 win over the Blues.
"My focus is here on the game … and I guess I'll also congratulate the Chicago Cubs on clinching a playoff spot."
A woman has accused Kane of sexual assault last month at his home in Hamburg, N.Y., near Buffalo. He hasn't been charged. He has said he didn't do anything wrong.
The case began turning strange Wednesday when the attorney who was representing the accuser held a news conference to say a rape-kit evidence bag had been left Tuesday on the doorstep of the home of the accuser's mother, though the rape kit wasn't in it. Police officials dismissed the claim as untrue, saying all evidence was accounted for and in its original packaging with police.
Then Thursday, the attorney, Thomas Eoannou, held another news conference to say he was quitting the case because he no longer believed the story about how the evidence bag was found. He also said the accuser wasn't involved with the evidence bag and he was confident in her allegations against Kane. Kane's lawyer, Paul Cambria, responded that those developments showed the accusation against Kane is a lie.
Friday, the prosecutor overseeing the investigation stepped in, holding a news conference to say the accuser's mother lied about finding the evidence bag.