Why We Haven’t Talked About Patrick Kane

Monday 10th, August 2015 / 09:03 Written by
Why We Haven’t Talked About Patrick Kane

We haven’t said anything about Patrick Kane yet, here at The Other Half. We have, in fact, been conspicuously silent for a site that never hesitates to step up and talk about these very same issues in sports, and specifically hockey.

We’ve also never been anything but obvious about the fact that many of us are Blackhawks fans. From my own personal story about them being the first team I ever loved, to our rambunctious live-chat of the last Stanley Cup Final game, and our Editor-in-Chief contributing to Puck Daddy’s offseason A to Z with a stellar summary of the franchise: a lot of us like the guys in Chicago, and it shows.

So it might be easy for our audience to assume that we’re going to make Kane the exception to our practice of calling attention to these kinds of situations. It might be easy for our silence to be taken as tacit support of him, especially in the face of so many others stepping up loudly in his defense.

We’re not, and we don’t. Kane has the right to be presumed innocent by the legal system until which time as they prove him guilty. But his alleged victim has the right, the basic human right, to be believed. We believe her, and we will not defend him: we do not know what happened that night in his home.

Our position on rape culture holds true whether it’s a junior hockey team from back-of-beyond Canada or a team that one of us personally supports. None of us changed our minds the moment Patrick Kane’s name was connected with a rape charge.

Mostly, we’ve just been trying to figure out what to say – because there’s not a lot for us to say that hasn’t already been said on every sports site on the internet.

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane is being investigated for the alleged rape of a woman in his home, and journalists much closer to the situation than us are reporting that it was likely a violent assault. Local police have verified that the investigation is happening; they have stated they are awaiting the results of forensic evidence. He has not been charged with a crime at this time.

We can repeat those minimal facts over and over along with everyone else, but it’s not going to contribute to the conversation in any meaningful way. It just becomes an echo chamber of sports writers talking to ourselves and one another, parroting back and forth the same bare facts and “undisclosed source” speculation that may or may not be true.

Instead, we’ve decided to highlight the people who are having a different conversation. The conversation about respect for the alleged victim, the conversation about resisting the socially acceptable habit of blaming victims – alleged or not – for their own assault, the conversation about not believing our sports “heroes” to be infallible just because they have magic hands.

The conversation about being decent human beings.

Rest assured, once there are significant facts to talk about – if charges are ever filed, if an arrest is made, if the entire thing is dismissed, whatever the Blackhawks’ organization official stance turns out to be – we will have something to say on the matter, as women, and as journalists.

But for now, we’re encouraging you to listen to what’s already being said, because often that’s more important than talking.

But when a woman says she’s been the victim of sexual assault or rape, we can’t dismiss that. We should take it seriously, and I don’t think we are. WBEN spent the better part of one afternoon this week basically accusing the accusing victim of being a liar and a gold-digging bitch. The Buffalo News Sunday does the same exact thing. The first part of this article glosses over the limited facts about the alleged rape, but a full 80% of that article — give or take — is devoted to SkyBar owner Mark Croce going out of his way to portray Kane’s accuser as a lying, gold-digging whore of a bitch.

 

The Buffalo News is irresponsible for printing what Croce describes because he has no clue whatsoever that what he supposedly saw (let’s not rush to judgment on its truth or falsity, either) bears any relation — direct or indirect — to the underlying allegation that very wealthy privileged hockey star Patrick Kane raped and assaulted some nobody girl no one knows.

Tim Baffoe: Patrick Kane Is Not Your Friend

You don’t know him on a meaningful level. Maybe he signed your kid’s hat that one time. Maybe you took a picture with him at a golf outing a few years ago.

 

But Patrick Kane is not your friend. You are not his dawg, and he is not your bro. For all intents and purposes he doesn’t care about you no matter how many times you’ve swooned at him saying something about “not being able to accomplish this without you great fans.”

 

And you need to stop with the garbage default setting of rushing to defend him. Even under the guise of “innocent until proven guilty.”

 

History tells us that a story like this sexual assault allegation against Kane does not end well for anyone involved. It also suggests that should an outcome conclude in favor of Kane, the rape culture we live in and unbalanced system of law enforcement and judicial process in sexual assault cases does not mean he did nothing wrong.

Editor’s note: Comments have been disabled on this article permanently. Not only will we never allow that quality of comment to be approved on this site, we should not be forced to moderate them in the first place. We are not required to provide a platform for precisely the thing we are advocating against. ~Sasha Davis, Managing Editor

Sasha Davis
Managing Editor
Sasha is co-owner and Managing Editor of The Other Half. A runner and an avid hockey fan, after spending years in graphic design and accounting she turned her sights to her first true love and has spent the last year honing her editing skills on tech articles and short fiction. Sports writing is a whole new ballgame.

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