Lawyer of Patrick Kane's accuser withdraws from case


Lawyer of Patrick Kane's accuser withdraws from case

In another turn of events, the lawyer of Patrick Kane's accuser has withdrawn from the case over "misrepresentations" about the allegedly tampered with evidence bag.

Attorney Thomas Eoannou scheduled an immediate press conference Thursday night to announce his decision.

"I do not believe the version of events I was given when I received it," Eoannou said. "Because I have no confidence in the story given to me, I'm withdrawing from the case."

Eoannou revealed in a news conference Wednesday that the evidence bag had allegedly been tampered with and anonymously delivered to Kane's accuser's mothers house.

Eoannou said Thursday that "there may have been some fabrications" regarding the story of the bag, and "I don't know what's true or not true."

[MORE: Kane's lawyer says case is 'forever tainted]

He admits the bag delivered to the mother's home is "a real evidence bag," but concludes, "I received the storyline from the mother, and I'm not comfortable with that version of events."

Kane is accused of sexually assaulting the woman, but has not been charged.

Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita is scheduled to hold a press conference at 10 a.m. CT on Friday regarding the tampered evidence. You can watch on CSN and

UPDATE: The accuser's family has released a statement following Eoannou's withdrawl from the case that was published by the Buffalo News:

“While we are disappointed that Mr. Eoannou has withdrawn from his role providing advice and counsel in the criminal investigation of Patrick Kane, we have every intention of pursuing this case to a just conclusion.

“It must be emphasized that there exists no evidence or allegation that the accuser herself had any knowledge of the existence of the ‘evidence bag’ until well after it was brought to Mr. Eoannou’s office on Tuesday afternoon. A further statement regarding that matter will be made after the district attorney’s press conference tomorrow.”

You can watch the rest of Eoannou's press conference down below.


Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center


Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

After being on the receiving end of some racist taunts while he was in the penalty box during Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly spoke publicly about the incident.

Smith-Pelly, a 25-year-old Canadian, reacted to the fans while he was in the box, going up to them from the other side of the glass. He addressed questions from the media about the incident on Sunday.

"I just heard some chanting, some, I guess, racially charged chanting," Smith-Pelly said. "You can tell by my reaction that I got pretty upset.

"What was said this time around crossed the line."

The Capitals released a statement about the incident:

"The Washington Capitals are extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior extended toward Devante Smith-Pelly by a select group of fans during Saturday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. The Capitals organization strives to be inclusive and has zero tolerance concerning any form of racism. Such behavior is unacceptable and has no place in hockey or society. As such, it is crucial to confront such appalling conduct, and the Capitals extend their appreciation to the Blackhawks organization and United Center security for swiftly removing the fans from the game."

The Blackhawks released a statement after the game with a similar tone.

Smith-Pelly said this has happened previously in his career.

"It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing over and over," Smith-Pelly said. "It's sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You'd think there'd be some sort of change or progression, but we're still working towards it I guess and we're going to keep working towards it."

The Capitals released the full interview.

Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals


Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.

Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.

Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:

After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident: