Evander Kane Denies Wife's Allegations That He Bet on His Own Games

NHL star Evander Kane on Sunday denied allegations from his wife that he gambled and bet on his own hockey games after she posted scathing statements on social media accusing the San Jose Sharks forward of being an "addict" who abandoned their family.

Kane's response came after his wife, Anna Kane, took to Instagram on Saturday to accuse her husband of having a gambling addiction and intentionally losing his own games for profit.

"I have NEVER gambled/bet on Hockey, NEVER gambled/bet on a Sharks game, NEVER gambled/bet on any of my games and NEVER thrown a hockey game," Kane wrote in a statement on Twitter Sunday.

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"The facts are I personally had my best season of my career last year and was the most consistent I've been throughout any season, I'm proud of that. I love the game of Hockey and would never do any of what was alleged. I look forward to cooperating fully with the league's investigation, having my name cleared and looking forward to this upcoming season," he added.

The NHL said Saturday night that it was made aware of Anna Kane's social media posts and plans to conduct an investigation into the allegations.

In a series of Instagram stories, Anna Kane wrote: "How does the NHL let a compulsive gambling addict still play when he's obviously throwing games to win money? Hmm maybe someone needs to address this."

She then added: "Can someone ask [commissioner] Gary Bettman how they let a player gamble on his own games? Bet and win with bookies on his own games?"

In separate posts, Anna Kane, who is currently pregnant, accused her husband of lavishly partying in Europe while neglecting their 1-year-old daughter. She detailed stories of allegedly being asked to sell her wedding ring for money and wrote about not being able to afford baby formula for their daughter.

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NHL star Evander Kane denied accusations from his wife that he gambled on his own games and intentionally lost for profit. Here, Kane waits for the second period of a game against the Vegas Golden Knights on March 15, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

"So you leave July 8th. You do not call or text at all for 7 days. Then you inform me you are going to Europe for a vacation must be nice, but at the same time tell me our house is being taken by the bank," she wrote. Anna Kane also claimed that the hockey star "never" calls their daughter, "who walked around the house with her bunny saying 'dada' for a week looking for you."

"I don't know if there are even words to describe the kind of evil person that you are to abandon your wife who is pregnant with your son and your one-year-old daughter," she wrote.

On Sunday, Evander Kane said the two are in the process of getting a divorce and accused Anna Kane of being "mentally unwell."

"I love my daughter," he wrote. "I will and always have taken care of my daughter in every way possible. I have always made sure her mother has had everything she's needed and more. I have tried to de-escalate our divorce issues and be as civil and calm as anyone in this position could. I have tried to set up FaceTime calls but not every day as I would like to because of being restricted by her mom. She has refused me to see her and had unfortunately tried to use my daughter as leverage. I will continue to always take care of my family, that goes without question."

Evander Kane filed for bankruptcy in California in January, two years after signing a seven-year, $49 million contract with the San Jose Sharks. In November 2019, he was sued by a Las Vegas casino for over $500,000 in gambling debts, the New York Post reported.

In response to Anna Kane's accusations, the NHL said: "The integrity of our game is paramount and the League takes these allegations very seriously. We intend to conduct a full investigation and will have no further comment at this time."