Patrick Kane has broken his silence.
The Chicago Blackhawks star spoke publicly for the first time Thursday about the sexual assault investigation that has surrounded him recently.
“I cannot apologize enough for the distraction this has caused my family, teammates, this incredible organization and, of course, our fans,” Kane said during a press conference. “While I have too much respect for the legal process to comment on an ongoing matter, I am confident once all the facts are brought to light I will be absolved of having done nothing wrong.”
Blackhawks CEO/president John McDonough, general manager Stan Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville also spoke at the press conference. McDonough addressed Kane’s availability for training camp, which begins Friday on the Notre Dame campus.
“We recognize that Patrick Kane is dealing with a very serious situation,” McDonough said. “Based on our discussions with his legal representatives who are very close to this matter, we have decided to have Patrick join us for training camp.”
Kane is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at his offseason home near Buffalo, N.Y., back in August. The investigation first was reported on Aug. 6, and confirmed by police the following day. Kane has not been charged.
You can watch the entire press conference in the video below.
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Thumbnail photo via Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) skates with the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first period in game four of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center.