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Patrick Kane being investigated by police on rape allegations, per report

The offseason has taken a turn for the worse.

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane is the subject of an investigation by Hamburg, N.Y., police into possible rape allegations, according to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News. The report comes hours after Lou Michel and Robert J. McCarthy of the newspaper broke the story of an investigation into an unspecified incident.

No charges have been filed in connection to the investigation and it's unknown whether police have already spoken to Kane, per Michel and McCarthy. Officers have been forbidden from discussing the situation publicly.

"We can neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of a criminal investigation until such a time as a person is charged with a crime," said Hamburg Police Chief Gregory G. Wickett.

A similar comment was provided to the paper by Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

Paul J. Cambria, who represented Kane during his 2009 case involving an incident with a Buffalo cab driver, also refused to confirm or deny the investigation. "I have nothing to say," Cambria told the Buffalo News.

The paper applied for Freedom of Information Act requests but the town has up to 20 days to respond, which means we could be in the dark about the situation for a while. This latest update gives us a better idea of the investigation, however, and even if it's only one report from one reporter, it doesn't look good.