Hockey fans, particularly those from Chicago, have been intently watching the Patrick Kane saga unfold over the past few months. Those critical of Kane’s bad-boy image in the past were sure that this was another case of the cocky Kane thinking he was above the law. His critics were sure he was guilty, his fan base refused to believe it. He has remained relatively quiet throughout the process, letting his legal team handle things and attempting to keep himself under the radar. He has let his on-ice persona do the talking for him.
Things heated up around September 19th of this year when the Buffalo News leaked that the rape kit showed DNA from two individuals, neither of them Patrick Kane. A short time later, things took an ominous turn when the attorney of the alleged victim came forward with an evidence bag, claiming that it was left by someone anonymously on the doorstep of the alleged victim’s mother. Two days later we then learned that this was a ruse that the mom in question employed to most likely take away from the DNA news which crushed her daughter’s allegations. The District Attorney gave a very forceful news conference where he clearly explained the origins of the bag and confirmed that the rape kit was still under lock and key. This lead to the alleged victim’s attorney removing himself from the case for ethical reasons. He was lied to by his clients and no longer wanted any part of this scandal that was spinning out of control.
While recent news of the alleged victim signing an affidavit that she no longer is willing to cooperate with the investigation has many Kane supporters breathing a sigh of relief, there are still some things that need to be said. Social media has blow up during this scandal with many attacking Kane for his lack of insight or outright stupidity for inviting girls he just met back to his place at 3 am. Die-hard Blackhawks fans have lashed out at Kane for being so naïve to think that he could live a normal life like everyone else. He is the face of a franchise, he is an elite player, he should have known better and he is now bringing the franchise down with him, ad nauseum.
Yet, I think we’re missing a more important piece of the story … the false accusation of rape. Most might not have caught it but the DA slipped during his news conference and actually said the accuser’s name, I think it was Lexy so that is the name I am going to use here. Few are discussing what Lexy has done and how this adds another layer to the problem of rape in our culture. Far too often women are making false rape allegations for their own personal reasons and refusing to recognize the impact this has on the rest of the female population.
Those with legitimate allegations of rape are now going to have to deal with more scrutiny because of Lexy’s selfish actions. Did she want money? Did she think it would garner attention for her? Did she think it would make some other guy feel sorry for her and give her some attention? Did her mom put her up to it? We could go on and on with the questions of why but the bottom line is, Lexy did more damage to women in general than she did to Patrick Kane. She has now turned the tables making Kane the victim.
What about all those men who are falsely accused of rape who don’t have the financial means to get high-priced attorneys? Their cases don’t get played out in the press and if they ever are exonerated, people only remember the accusations, not the fact that these individuals were later found innocent. The damage has been done already, lives, family and futures are destroyed. Why? Because some chick wanted revenge, money, attention?
What does this all mean? Whether we like it or not, this entire incident is going to make things that much harder for the next woman who legitimately has the right to cry rape. Thanks, Lexy.
Update: Shortly after posting this article the Chicago Tribune reported that Erie County, NY District Attorney’s Office will not be filing charges against Patrick Kane.