DA says very little on Kane investigation; EA Sports drops him

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CHICAGO -- The police investigation of claims of sexual assault by Patrick Kane are starting to hurt him financially, as video game maker EA Sports announced Wednesday they're dropping the Blackhawks star from the cover of their game.

The Hawks’ right-winger is the focus of a rape investigation after an incident at his Buffalo-area mansion the weekend of August 1.  The Buffalo News is reporting the allegations involve a woman Kane met at a downtown Buffalo bar.

Also Wednesdy, Frank Sedita, the Erie County District Attorney gave a very calm but passionate explanation to the media about the way his investigators do their job. He did it without confirming the existence of an investigation and only reluctantly saying the name Patrick Kane.

“It’s not just me trying to hide the ball from the public, or you guys or something like that,” Sedita said. “One of the reasons is that, I have learned from 27 years of experience as a prosecutor, is that it is much easier to do a professional and meaningful investigation when it’s not done in the media glare.”

Sedita continued, “I don’t turn on extra heat on somebody because they are a celebrity and I don’t give them a break because they are a celebrity. Everybody is treated equally and with the same standard that we apply to every case which is just credible evidence like we see in a court of law demonstrating that a crime has been committed.”

At 26, Kane is already a superstar in the sports world but even without a criminal charge, that star may be fading as far as endorsement deals are concerned.

As mentioned earlier, EA Sports announced today Kane will not appear on the cover of its upcoming video game ‘NHL 16.’  He was on it with teammate Jonathan Toews hoisting the Stanley Cup.  Now it will be Toews alone. The company tweeted out a shot of the new cover with saying,   “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 cover of (EA Sports NHL 16) nor participate in any (EA Sports NHL 16) promotional activities.”

Kane has been involved in a lot of promotional activities for Oak Brook-based McDonald’s, Bauer hockey equipment and Chevrolet.  The companies that are commenting offer variations of the statement “We’re aware of the investigation and have no comment at this time.”

No comment from Kane nor his attorney.