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Blackhawks “disappointed” in Kane

May 29, 2012, 3:09 PM EDT

Patrick Kane

Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman finally commented on Patrick Kane’s well-documented adventures in Wisconsin earlier in the month.

Not surprisingly, the club wasn’t too impressed with Kane’s Cinco de Mayo antics that first graced the pages of Deadspin then took off from there.

“We’re disappointed in Patrick and how that played out,” Bowman said today, as per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.

Bowman added: “We’ve discussed it with Patrick and handled it internally. We are disappointed how it played out and Patrick is aware of that fact.”

We’ll assume this wasn’t the first time the ‘Hawks have had to tell their young star to watch how he behaves in public.

Wonder what he got up to over the long weekend.

  1. geshtahl - May 29, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Ok, this “story” is really getting on my nerves now. Young people out having fun? Preposterous! Gentlemen, we must voice our phony baloney displeasure! Harump, Harump, Harump!

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 29, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      Agreed. Can someone explain what the big deal here is? Oh, and try to do it without using the phrase ‘role model’ or any other stupid cliche. He’s 23 years old and he’s just having fun, cut him some slack.

      • adambhoy - May 29, 2012 at 3:28 PM

        The “big deal” is that he is alleged to have choked a woman. The “phony baloney” argument that he is “just a kid having fun” overlooks that one salient point.

      • Jason Brough - May 29, 2012 at 3:33 PM

        From a hockey standpoint, the big deal is the fact the Blackhawks are upset.

      • janiesmom - May 29, 2012 at 3:50 PM

        The big deal is that Patrick Kane is part of a brand, not just a 23-yr-old from down the street. I’m frankly shocked that people are shocked that a business entity trying to sell its product to families is worried about its name.

      • tommytd - May 29, 2012 at 4:56 PM

        Just my opinion but considering the year he had, he might want to consider re-ordering his priorities. Seems that the best ice time he had this year was at the Wisconsin bars!

      • stakex - May 29, 2012 at 7:59 PM

        Well first of all, one of the rumors was that he attacked a woman at one point. Thats a big deal to be honest, even if the woman didn’t file charges.

        Second, its also a big deal from the standpoint of the Hawks. They pay Kane millions of dollars a year, and with that money comes responsability to represent the organization the best you can. Your not suppose to be going out and making the front page of sports news sites for your weekend long bender in which you might have attacked someone.

        But hey… if Kane wants to quit playing hockey, and become some 23 year old loser who has no job or responsibility, he can do this all he wants and no one would care. Otherwise, you have to keep your noes clean or pay the price.

    • kitshky - May 29, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      This has been said so many times, but he’s not a “young person having fun”, He’s a highly compensated professional who also happens to be an extremely high profile public personality.

      I’m 30yo’s and nothing more than a Regional Sales Manager, with obviously nowhere near the responsbility or profile of Kane but if these pictures showed up on my FB … I’d be fired, immediately. (Hell if they showed up on any of the Rep’s pages they might even be fired.)

      Yes we cut him some slack because of his age, but no.. this is not a “non story” and the organization that employs him has every right to be disappointed.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 29, 2012 at 4:11 PM

        you can’t drink on your own private time? sounds like you should get a new job

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 29, 2012 at 4:13 PM

        It’s hard to compare what would happen to you versus Kane. If you did the same thing your friends wouldn’t post these (if they’re decent friends). The fact that he’s a pro athlete means most of his public life is going to be documented by random strangers. In theory that means he can’t do anything remotely fun, but I have no problem with the fact he doesn’t let that stop him.

        I just think this whole thing has been blown out of proportion and at this point, yes, it is a non-story. Guy went out, got a bit too drunk, then probably felt embarrassed about it after the fact. That happens to people every day. Life goes on.

    • biasedhomer - May 29, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      If you went out and did what he did, and your company found out, you would not be working there any longer.

    • jimw81 - May 29, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      Welcome to how Flyers fan felt when old city crew was in full force.

      • pajabroni - May 30, 2012 at 12:07 AM

        Nope, Kane has his name on the cup…unless by old city crew you meant the old heads from 75.

  2. dsd3 - May 29, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Patrick Kane sucks at life.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 29, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      I wish I sucked at life like he does.

      • jackdaniels1 - May 29, 2012 at 9:55 PM

        Sounds like you’ve got a little man crush on Patrick….in to getting choked are you?

  3. nogoodtomedead - May 29, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    I understand the ‘he’s young- let him have fun argument’ and sure there is some validity to it. We’ve all partied I get that too.

    We weren’t all getting paid over 5 million dollars a year to represent an organization that draws much of its income from middle-class families, many of which have children which are an important part o maintaining the business for years to come.

    Furthermore- you can ‘party’ or ‘have fun’ without allegedly choking a woman, having a confrontation with police, or ending up blacked out slumped over on a bar. If Patrick Kane wanted to live a college party life he should have gone to school where those antics would have just landed him in the drunk-tank with the rest of the fun-loving party boys.

    He decided to go to the NHL, and he decided to sign a long-term lucrative contract. Asking for some degree of professionalism along with that is not an absurd request- even if he is 23. I know there is the athletes aren’t role models argument- but they are- especially the stars making millions each year. And by the way- 23 isn’t that young. Maybe some of you were still face down at bars at 23, but many people have very real problems and very real responsibilities at that age.

    Please stop acting like we are somehow restricting his freedoms by saying that he should carry himself a little better. I’ll give up my nights out at the bar if you can increase my salary from $50,000 a year to $5.5 million- and I won’t think twice or shed a tear about it.

    • ballistictrajectory - May 29, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      Bravo! Encore!!

    • nogoodtomedead - May 29, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      Actually- I’ll even lower expectations. He can still go out to bars and party- just don’t choke women, get in confrontations with police, or blackout in public. Deal?

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 29, 2012 at 4:36 PM

        Obviously I wasn’t there, but I know a little something about college town cops. Chances are they were being just as confrontational as he was.

        I’ll reserve judgment about the alleged choking until we see some charges filed, or at least something more substantial than drunken eyewitness accounts.

      • banshee950 - May 29, 2012 at 6:51 PM

        well said 1943, hold judgement on the choking episode for sure. in Boston, Julian edleman of the pats was accused last winter of groping a girl in a bar. All media hell broke loose, then weeks later, video finally surfaced. he walks by the girl, does nothing and then you can accually see her boyfreind lean in and ask if she even knew who that was. Oddly enough not as much media play on that.
        If he didn’t physically assult anyone, no problem. I’m certainly not in any possition to get on a high horse and judge the kid for being a drunken f’up! I don’t think any less of the hawks either

  4. barkar942 - May 29, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    My daughter (then 11) went to a Demi Lovato concert a couple of years ago at the Izod Center, just before all heck broke loose with her. My daughter said she started three different songs and screwed up the words and made jokes about it. People paid their hard earned money to allow their children who “looked up to her as a role model” that she was portraying on TV and with her music. It turns out that she was hiding drug addiction from all of the free dope she got from the promoters of the concerts!
    Now knowing all of her indiscretions, perhaps I would not allow my daughter to attend her concert knowing that she had let all of these young, impressionable fans down with her irresponsible actions.
    Ben Rothesburger was once a role model, then he flawed with his actions with women. OJ Simpson was once a terrific role model and we won’t even go there.
    Patric Kane has every right to do whatever he would like to in life. I promise you if he continues to make the choices he does “because he is a kid” he will be lucky that there is a KHL for him to go get overpaid and drink Vodka all day!
    I beg to differ with anyone that feels differently, but all sports figures and entertainers and “personalities” are setting examples for all impressionable kids who watch and want to emulate them.
    They all owe it to the people they influence to set good examples for them.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 29, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      Enough with the role model crap. Kids need better people than celebrities and pro athletes to look up to. They’re not infallible, never have been, never will be. Stop trying to pretend they should be.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 30, 2012 at 9:41 AM

      Maybe you should teach your kids that they’re just regular people too and because of these indiscretions, shouldn’t be looked up to

  5. Brian - May 29, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Hundreds of other NHL players are young and dumb and like to have fun. Generally their indiscretions remain the stuff of rumours. Frankly, Kane’s biggest failing here is being either too dumb to keep this stuff out of the papers or being too arrogant to bother.

  6. babar61 - May 29, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    I agree 100% with 1943 on the “role model” aspect. As Charles Barkley said “raise your own kids”. You want your child to have a good role model? Then you be a good role model for your child. Surround them with good people when they are young. At the same time you can explain to your children that there are other people to be inspired from then athletes and celebrities.

    I can also understand the blackhawks organization being dissapointed in him for not representing them well. Yes he is a 23 year old kid but that doesn’t give someone a free pass to get blackout drunk and do dumb things. How arrogant and ignorant is that logic? ” well I’m young and rich so it’s ok. Everyone is dumb when they are young!”. He already had the buffalo taxi driver incident….I’ll reserve judgment unless there is evidence that comes out but If he did assault a women then this guy is pure scum.

  7. habsman - May 29, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    It’s not the first time Kane has been out “just having fun.” There have been several incidents over the past few years. Time for this “kid” to get a grip before he ruins his life.

    Also, I’m sure there is a clause in his contract for detrimental behavior. Teams don’t dole out 5.5mil and allow you to act like an ass.

  8. amonte13 - May 29, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    If Kane “Just wants to have fun”, he should find a place where he isn’t being followed by cameras, common sense.
    As far as the role model thing goes, athletes don’t have to be role models, but they could work a little harder at not being dbags. It’s not a lot to ask.

  9. eggserino - May 29, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    The Blackhawks might be disappointed in Kane, but I think that the fans should be disappointed in the Blackhawks these days. Signing a fourth defenseman to a 3-year $10.125m contract is screwed up. Seems like the Blackhawks are going to have to ship one of their top four defensemen out. Is this a set up of a bigger deal, one that sends Crawford and Hjalmersson packing, as well as maybe Kane?

  10. xaf605 - May 29, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Have fun Kane your only young once

  11. billsin20xx - May 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Two of this years champion partiers are both Buffalo boys, Kane and Gronkowski, I guess we finally win something here in Buffalo!

  12. serg2727 - May 30, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    I would just like to see Kane become the player that a number one pick should be.
    He’s been a disappointment in terms of where he was picked. I know he’s only 23, but acting like an idiot in public and getting drunk often like he does will not help with his maturity. When you choose to become a professional athlete and make millions, you don’t get a pass just because you’re 23.
    You have to grow up alot faster.
    But if you’re gonna go out in public and do stuff that the organization does not approve of, can you please take Crawford with you so maybe then the Hawks will make a goalie change!!

    • hockeyflow33 - May 30, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      How many top picks have scored the overtime goal that wins the Cup? Seems like that’s a top player to me

  13. joeyg88 - Jun 1, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    I’m 24 and I would doing the same thing if I won the Stanley cup. keep drinkin pat.

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