Erie Co. DA continues to investigate possible sexual offense by Sabres’ Kane

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane has been making headlines in the last few months, but not for things occurring on the ice.

The team suspended him for one game after missing practice on Monday, and Thursday, the Erie County District Attorney touched on an investigation into a possible sexual offense.

Erie County Acting DA Michael Flaherty did not say much. He was not in charge when the investigation began in December, but says the investigation is ongoing.

(Erie County Acting District Attorney Michael Flaherty)

“He has not been accused of a crime,” says Flaherty. “He’s not been charged with a crime. As I said, he’s presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, and we’re just not at that point.”

Flaherty tells News 4 that it would be “innapropriate and unethical to make any comment” about Evander Kane.

Sources say the possible sexual offense involving a woman may have occurred at the Marriott Harborcenter downtown. Police say no report was filed.

Kane has maintained his innocence all along and says he did nothing wrong. Flaherty says that in cases like this, it takes time to sort through the facts.

The DA’s office will evaluate and decide whether or not to take the case to a grand jury.

They won’t say where things stand in Kane’s situation, but they do say that Kane has not been accused of a crime. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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