No doubt that by now, most of you have heard the allegations directed at NHL star and Buffalo native Pat Kane and his cousin. Sounds like a PR disaster, falling on the heels of a new Buffalo hockey rink dedication only a day or two prior, wherein Kane established himself as what appeared to be the classy, mature-for-his-age leader we had seen taking his team on an impressive playoff run.
At the moment, Kane has been charged with second-degree robbery, fourth degree criminal mischief, and theft of services. Kane has pleaded not guilty. Yikes. Pretty rough stuff for a guy Buffalo unofficially appointed as prodigal son. You have to be pretty important when your hometown hockey team throws you your own “Welcome Home” ceremony before a regular season game the way the Sabres did prior to the December 2007 game.
It all seems weird to me. Their fare was $13.80, and they handed the guy $15. Obviously, change would be $1.20. But the cabbie didnt have the $.20. And then THIS happens? What’s really going on here? Is it really a case of “Don’t you know who I am?” like the cab driver claims? I really hope not. There’s not a whole lot of things a celebrity can say that make my blood boil quite like “Don’t you know who I AM?” It just seems like $.20 is a strange amount of money to get fired up about for a guy scheduled to make $875,000 this year.
That’s why I’m confused. I like Pat Kane. He plays hard and makes his teammates better. But assaulting a cab driver over $.20? Am I missing something? Obviously we won’t know the entire story until later on, and even then, we probably won’t know the whole truth. What do you think?