— EA SPORTS NHL (@EASPORTSNHL) August 12, 2015
Amidst sexual assault allegations and investigations, EA removes famed, Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane from the NHL 16 cover. The actions from EA occur from an ongoing investigation starting last week from an August 6th Buffalo News report. A woman in Buffalo, New York accuses the 26-year-old Kane of rape. Bite marks and a scratch on her leg reportedly remain on the woman after Kane invited the woman back to his house.
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) August 12, 2015
Originally co-starring with Chicago Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews, Kane hoisted the Stanley Cup Trophy on the NHL 16 cover to commemorate Chicago’s 2015 championship victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Without being a quiet announcement, EA Sports NHL tweeted out a statement concerning the reasoning behind the cover change.
“In light of the ongoing investigation involving Patrick Kane, he will no longer be a spokesperson for the launch of EA SPORTS NHL 16.
He will not appear on the EA SPORTS NHL 16 cover nor participate in other EA SPORTS NHL 16 promotional activities”
Kane is familiar with media attention and run-ins with the law. Designated as the star player reaping the fruits of his labor, Kane often publicly parties and drinks, providing a perspective of the player as a farcical frat boy. In addition, Kane and his cousin, James M. Kane, were arrested and indicted for theft and harassment charges after allegedly punching a cab driver due to improper change for trip fare (not handing back 20 cents). Conditional discharges were dispatched to the pair freeing them of the penalties if an apology was given and a year’s worth of avoiding trouble were enacted.
NHL 16 releases on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3 September 15th.