In the case of the absurd, the Blackhawks decided it was a good idea to have Patrick Kane Bobblehead Night in January. Only in the Bizarro World that is the Blackhawks could such a promotion take place.
The special promotion is scheduled on January 24, 2016 against the Blues. The first 10,000 fans will receive a Kane bobblehead presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Chevy Dealers. Barnum & Bailey Circus weren’t available.
It’s puzzling that the Hawks could actually go through with this. Kane is being investigated for rape stemming from an incident that took place this past summer at his home in Hamburg, New York. The investigation has been just as confusing to say the least. The accuser’s former attorney Thomas Eaonnu dropped out of the case on Sept. 24 after a false accusation from the victim’s mother that indicated that a bag with the rape kit was dropped off in front of her home.
Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita alleged that the brown bag dropped off in front of the mother’s home was a “bizarre hoax.” Instead, that brown bag contained her shirt that was given to her by the hospital to take home. The real rape kit is a box that was sealed and arrived at the crime lab on Aug. 2 and was placed in a evidence locker which was logged in.
The results of a DNA test found a lack of evidence that Kane raped the female accuser. However, his DNA was found on the accuser’s fingernails and shoulders. If it’s sexual assault, there’s no suggestion that it didn’t happen.
DA Frank Sedita hasn’t decided if the case will go to a grand jury. For now, the case has been put on hold due to the bizarre circumstances surrounding it.
As for Kane, he reported to Blackhawks training camp and has participated in the preseason. The Hawks and the NHL haven’t fined or suspended him. At the present time, despite calls for Kane to be suspended indefinitely until the case is closed, there’s not enough reason to have him sit out. In the court system, he’s innocent until proven guilty.
It doesn’t mean the Blackhawks should act like it’s business as usual. It clearly isn’t. They might be the defending Stanley Cup champions who will raise another banner when they host the Rangers on Opening Night, October 7 on NBCSN. However, the idea of a Kane Bobblehead Night in late January is absurd. The same way that silly press conference they had where Kane couldn’t answer reporter’s questions regarding the case were.
For the NHL, it’s a PR nightmare. But there’s not much they can do. They will just cross their fingers and pray for the best possible outcome.