Kane relieved for family, friends with rape case closed

Author: the associated press
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(AP) — Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane says he is relieved for his family and friends now that a prosecutor has closed a rape investigation.

But Kane sidestepped questions about his own feelings after learning he won’t be criminally charged. He spoke during a morning skate before Friday night’s game against the New Jersey Devils.

A 21-year-old woman had contended she was raped Aug. 2 at Kane’s offseason home outside Buffalo, New York. Prosecutors said the case was “rife with reasonable doubt.”

Kane refused to say if felt vindicated or learned any lessons. He repeatedly referred to the Blackhawks’ statement Thursday in which he reiterated he had done nothing wrong, he respected the legal process and he was glad the matter is closed.

The player said Friday he had nothing to add to that.

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