Wow. I was not expecting this kind of news this summer. And I will not preface this story with any "kids will be kids" clichés either. Patrick Kane and his cousin, James Kane, were arrested early this morning after a cab driver was assaulted by the two men for failing to have twenty cents change for the cab ride that the Kanes took. That's right, readers: two dimes. Four nickels. Twenty pennies. The Kanes caught a cab from the downtown district in Buffalo around 4AM ET back to where ever they stopped, and attempted to pay the cab driver the $13.80 he was owed for his service. The Kanes offered $15 to the man. When the cab driver informed the two men that he did not have the twenty cents owed to the Kanes of the $1.20 in change, he ended up with cuts to his face and damaged glasses after he was reportedly grabbed by the throat and punched by both men.
Seriously, over 20 cents? Seriously?
Both men were charged with felony robbery and misdemeanour counts of theft of services and criminal mischief by Buffalo police officers. Patrick Kane has already pleaded not guilty in court while it is unknown whether James Kane will appear. The driver's claim is that he was assaulted by both men for not having twenty cents in change to give them.
Patrick Kane is earning $875,000. The cab driver probably earns $30,000, and that's being generous. Is Patrick Kane really that hard up for cash that he needs that twenty cents? I leave more change in the donation boxes at Tim Horton's when I'm buying coffee, and I don't make anything close to $875,000 per year.
I cannot fathom how a man, who is making nearly 30 times what the cabbie is making, decides to rob and assault the cab driver over TWO DIMES. Even if Patrick didn't hit the man, allowing James Kane to hit the cab driver is still unbelievable. It's TWENTY PENNIES! Walk away and leave him with a twenty-cent tip. I'm sure he can use the four nickels more than either of the Kanes can.
Forget the twenty cents. Where is Patrick Kane's common sense in all this? Why do stars of stage, screen, and sports put themselves into bad situations? If you're mature enough to sign a contract for more money than I'll ever see, you should be mature enough to not get into bad situations.
I'm not saying Patrick Kane is guilty by any means. He still deserves the opportunity to prove his innocence. But if there is any sort of classless act that someone can pull, it's splitting hairs - and lips, apparently - over twenty measly cents.
Seriously, how much more embarrassment can the Blackhawks take this summer?
EDIT: Here is the video interview, via TSN, with the cab driver who filed the claim. If you ask me, "JR" sounds fairly credible in his account. And still slightly confused as to why this happened.
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!