The account linked to Anna Kane posted Saturday about Kane’s alleged gambling addiction. “How does the NHL let a compulsive gambling addict still play when he’s obviously throwing games to win money?” the post said. “Hmm maybe someone needs to address this.” And the account added: “Can someone ask [Commissioner] Gary Bettman how they can let a player gamble on his own games? Bet and win with bookies on his own games?”
In a statement, the NHL said it would investigate. “The integrity of our game is paramount,” it said in a statement, “and the league takes these allegations very seriously. We intend to conduct a full investigation and will have no further comment at this time.”
The team said it had been in contact with the league and added in a statement that it supports “a full and transparent investigation into the situation to maintain the integrity of the game and consistency with our team values.”
Kane filed for federal Chapter 7 bankruptcy in California in January, at least temporarily prohibiting his creditors from collecting on their debts. In that filing, Kane claimed $1.5 million in gambling losses over the previous year.
In November 2020, a Las Vegas casino sued Kane, alleging that he had failed to pay back $500,000 in unpaid casino markers he obtained the previous April. The casino later dropped that lawsuit.
Kane, 29, signed a seven-year, $49 million contract with the Sharks in 2018. He had 22 goals and 27 assists in 56 games for the Sharks this past season.
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