Sabres create social media uproar with Evander Kane birthday tweets

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A happy birthday tweet towards troubled forward Evander Kane by the Buffalo Sabres seemed to be erased Tuesday before the team posted another happy birthday message later in the day.

This prompted online questioning on why the Sabres decided to post the tweets during a week Kane has been involved in legal drama.

Here is the initial tweet for Kane’s birthday that was taken down. The screen shot comes from Tom Martin of News4 in Buffalo.

Happy Birthday tweet towards Evander Kane.
Happy Birthday tweet towards Evander Kane.

Later in the day, the Sabres tweeted the same photo of Kane, wishing him a happy birthday, without the celebration Emoji and note wishing Kane a “great day.” Kane turned 25 Tuesday.

Martin notes that he “thought the tweet was harmless, personally. Deleting it almost creates more discussion.”

It caused some questions about the timing of the tweets based on recent Kane news. Many of the latest tweet comments address this issue. If you want to read them, warning, some of have some strong language towards Kane.

On Monday, Kane pled not guilty to “a misdemeanor charge and five non-criminal charges” stemming from an incident at a downtown Buffalo bar in late June. The case is due in court Sept. 9.

In that case, one police report said Kane grabbed one of his accusers “around the throat and tried pushing her into his car.”

Another said he grabbed another accuser “by the arms and tried forcing her out of the bar.”

Sworn depositions by women accusing Kane from that night’s incidents went into greater detail with one saying he is “aggressive and disrespectful” towards women.

It was also recently divulged that Kane is being sued by a woman who alleged he assaulted her in December.

In late December it was reported that Kane was the subject of a sex offense investigation. After the report, Kane spoke briefly on the matter proclaiming his innocence, but then didn’t discuss it further.

In March, Kane was “cleared of any wrongdoing after an investigation into a sexual encounter.”

In the lawsuit she said she “was caused to suffer bodily injury including lacerations, extensive bleeding requiring multiple surgeries and blood transfusions, and severe emotional trauma all to her detriment” by Kane.

Recently, Kane’s name has popped up in trade rumors – specifically to his hometown Vancouver Canucks. Sabres general manager Tim Murray addressed Kane’s legal trouble on June 25 at the NHL Draft saying the team would “deal with it” if the accusations were true.

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