Patrick Kane‘s agent, Pat Brisson, says he believes his client is innocent of an alleged sexual assault.
“I totally believe [Kane],” Brisson told ESPN Chicago on Tuesday. “He’s always been honest with me. I’ve known him for a long time. I’ve been doing this a long time as a sports agent. You get to know people and get to know the character of an individual.
“Spending more time with Patrick over this situation, I do believe he is innocent.”
As has been documented over the last month, Kane is the subject of a police investigation for an alleged rape of a female at his Buffalo-area home in early August. The Chicago star has been out of the public eye ever since, and some entities have distanced themselves — EA Sports dropped Kane from the cover of its NHL ’16 video game and Kane’s former OHL team, the London Knights, dropped the “Team Kane” moniker from its annual training camp routine.
On Tuesday, there were more developments.
Per multiple sources, Kane’s grand jury was postponed amid reports of the “possibility of ongoing settlement talks between attorneys for Kane and the victim,” according to the Buffalo News. Later, an AP source said the grand jury had been pushed back two weeks.
News of that postponement came after a Blackhawks official said he was unable to answer questions about Kane’s presence at training camp, which gets underway on Friday, Sept. 18 at the University of Notre Dame.
Brisson was also asked about whether Kane would be at training camp or not, but said it was too early to provide an answer.
“We are going to decide as we get closer here,” Brisson said. “We’re going to take it a step at a time. It’s too premature to tell.”