A Las Vegas casino has filed a lawsuit against Evander Kane, a San Jose Sharks winger, for purportedly failing to settle a debt of half a million dollars that accumulated through gambling markers. The Cosmopolitan claims it provided Kane with the $500,000 in April when he was staying at the property.
The Review-Journal reported that it received court documents showing that Kane, a 28-year-old Canadian, obtained eight credits of amounts ranging from $20,000 and $100,000 on or around the 15th of April, 2019.
Although he agreed to repay the stated amount, repeated demands have fallen on deaf ears. The Cosmopolitan claims that their representatives were unsuccessful at their attempts to secure repayment from the player. On the contrary, the debt has only attracted the attorney’s fees plus other costs.
As a result of Kane’s failure to repay the amount of money, the casino is not only seeking repayment: it is also keen on securing reimbursement of lawsuit-related legal fees, which will deal a double blow to the player if the ruling goes against him.
Details of the case are still unclear as the concerned parties in the case remain silent on the issue. On Thursday, Cosmopolitan’s lawyer, Lawrence Semenza III, declined to remark on the Monday suit. Similarly, the National Hockey League didn’t comment on the developing story.
What is noteworthy about the lawsuit’s details, however, is the period within which Kane allegedly bought the gambling markers. April 15 coincides with or falls in between the days that Games 3 and 4 of the clash between the Sharks and the Vegas Golden Knights took place in last season’s NHL first-round playoff series.
At this time, Kane became the Golden Knight supporters’ bitter enemy after picking up a quarrel with Ryan Reaves and igniting one of the fiercest rivalries that the competition has ever seen. The squabble between Kane and Reaves lasted until the end of the series.
Until now, Kane’s representatives haven’t been reached for remarks on the suit. Also, it’s not yet clear if he is going to be represented by a lawyer.
Kane signed a seven-year agreement worth $49 million with the Sharks last year and received a signing tip of $2 million before this season started. He is expected to earn $6 in salary payments.
In spite of missing his first three season starting games, the forward’s start has been nothing but scintillating. With nine goals in 13 matches, Kane has garnered 13 points and is Sharks’ second-ranking player.