The NHL stated Saturday night that an investigation will be conducted into the actions of San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane, after his wife alleged on social media that he gambles on his own games and has lost enormous amounts of cash on his bets.
We intend to conduct a full investigation and will have no further comment at this time. (2/2)
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) July 31, 2021
The allegations came from an Instagram post from his wife, Anna. She claimed in a post that he had left her and their two kids to go on a vacation in Europe while their home was being repossessed by a bank.
In another post, Anna Kane tagged the NHL and told the league to ask commissioner Gary Bettman, how he can let a player bet “on his own games”.
That’s pretty low.
Anna Kane, wife of San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane, has posted some damning stuff on her Instagram. This includes a question to Gary Bettman on “how they can let a player gamble on his own games?” pic.twitter.com/lKGYKWt6bF
— Mark Scheig (@markscheig) July 31, 2021
Unfortunately, Kane’s gambling habits began to take shape in 2019 when The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas sued him in regard to $500,000 in unpaid gambling debts. The suit was dropped in April of last year.
In January of 2021, Kane filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy listing assets totaling over $10 million and his liabilities at over $27 million. According to the petition, he lost $1.5 million due to gambling at the casino.
Betting on games in which one plays, as Kane is accused of, isn’t unprecedented. Baseball legend Pete Rose would bet on his own games as a Cincinnati Red player and was effectively banned from the game and the Hall Of Fame in the late eighties.