Any professional athlete who loves to gamble catches the attention of a casino resort when they are in town. This is especially true in Las Vegas where pro athletes, celebrities and other high-profile VIP’s can often be found.
Any of those athletes move to the top of the list when they just signed a fat new contract. That appears to be the case with the NHL’s Evander Kane. He is a star forward with the San Jose Sharks. He also signed a new seven-year $49 million-dollar contract last season.
Why Is The NHL Star, Evander Kane Facing a $500,000 Lawsuit?
According to a recent report on www.cbssports.com, Kane is now being sued by one of those Las Vegas casino resorts. The Cosmopolitan claims they issued $500,000 in credit to Kane in April that was gambled but never repaid. While the hockey star has yet to respond to the allegations, the casino is taking legal action. The Cosmopolitan is seeking the $500,000 in gambling markers plus legal fees in the filed lawsuit.
Interestingly enough, the incident occurred last season when the Sharks were playing the Las Vegas Golden Knights in the playoffs. The date noted in the suit is April 15. This was the day between Games 3 of 4 of that best-of-seven series. The Sharks lost both of those games. Yet, they went on to win that series in the full seven games.
The law suit was filed on Nov. 4. There is no official word from Kane on the matter. The Cosmopolitan has also chosen not to respond publicly as well. The casino is citing company policy with any form of litigation.
The markers were given to Kane in eight different increments from $20,000 up to $100,000. He had access to the money to gamble in the casino. Allegedly, he failed to pay back any of the money he received upfront. This led to the pending lawsuit between the two parties.
A copy of the lawsuit was reprinted in a recent tweet by Rick Westhead. He is a contributor to The Sports Network. His actual tweet read as follows:
“A Las Vegas casino is suing the SJ Sharks forward Evander Kane for allegedly not paying $500K in gambling debts. Here is the casino’s lawsuit against Kane. (He has not yet responded to the claims).”
The reprinted document was filed in the Clark County, Nevada District Court. It names the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas as the plaintiff in the case. The defendant is listed as Evander Frank Kane.
Westhead also tweeted that the allegation of an outstanding casino marker could lead to criminal charges. This is what makes most gamblers settle their debts. Going back to Jan. 1 of this year, the Clark County DA’s office has recovered $12.8 million. This is in connection with 2,098 gambling-related complaints from local casinos.
So far, the NHL has also chosen to not comment on the matter. There was no word whether the league would launch an investigation of its own.
• Source: Sharks’ Evander Kane sued by Las Vegas casino over alleged $500,000 gambling debt From Cbssports.com On November 6, 2019.