The grand jury investigation into the rape allegations against Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane has been delayed, The Buffalo News reports. The paper reported last week that the case would go to a grand jury.
The grand jury was set to convene on Tuesday afternoon and hear testimony from witnesses but that hearing has been postponed, apparently to give attorneys for Kane and his accuser time to negotiate a settlement, two sources told the News.
Kane is accused of raping a woman at his home outside Buffalo in early August. He has reportedly met with investigators from the Erie County District Attorney’s Office and local police department.
The News reported last month that Kane invited the woman and a female friend of her’s back to his home after they met at a Buffalo nightclub. The woman alleges Kane “overpowered her and raped her” and that she was left with “bite marks on her shoulders and a scratch on her leg,” according to the News.
Kane is entering the first year of an eight-year, $84 million contract he signed before last season. He has not been disciplined by his team or the league and is expected to report to training camp when it opens on Sept. 18.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported last week that five teams have expressed interest in trading for Kane.
- Dan Gartland