The NHL said it will investigate an allegation made by Evander Kane’s wife that the San Jose Sharks striker bet on his own games and has intentionally tried to lose to make a profit in the game.
The league said on Saturday night on Twitter that Anna Kane was informed of the posts on social media and plans to conduct a full investigation. Anna Kane wrote, “How do you let the NHL let a compulsive gambling addict still play when it’s obvious he’s throwing games to make money? Mmm, maybe someone needs to fix it.”
She added, “Can anyone ask (commissioner) Gary Bettman how they let a player play in their own games? Bet and win with bets on their own games?”
The NHL said: “The integrity of our game is paramount and the League takes these allegations very seriously.”
In Sharks, a team spokesman wrote in an email to The Associated Press that: “The San Jose Sharks have been in contact today with the National Hockey League about the serious allegations made against Evander Kane. We support to a complete and transparent investigation of the situation to maintain the integrity of the game and the coherence with the values of our team “.
Kane’s history and finances have been public knowledge for a long time. A Las Vegas Strip casino sued Kane in 2019, alleging that it failed to pay off a $ 500,000 gambling debt accumulated during a series of playoffs against the Golden Knights.
Since the Supreme Court paved the way for legalized sports betting in the United States and more states have adopted it, the NHL has taken the possibilities and established various associations with sports books and other betting organizations.
Covered by email ahead of the league announcement, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said only one statement would arrive. The league said it would not comment further at this time.
The message sent to Kane’s agent was not returned immediately.
Kane, 29, has three seasons on a seven-year, $ 49 million contract. He is with his third organization after being selected by Atlanta and Winnipeg and making his debut with him and a stay in Buffalo. According to Capfriendly, who represents hockey salaries, he has earned just under $ 56 million during his NHL career.
Last season he scored 22 goals and 27 assists in 56 games.