Murray on Kane investigation: "If it is true we have to deal with it."

Murray on Kane investigation: "If it is true we have to deal with it."
Posted at 3:27 PM, Jun 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-26 09:03:01-04

For the second time in seven months, Sabres forward Evander Kane is being investigated by Buffalo Police.

BPD confirmed to 7 Eyewitness News Friday night that they are looking into claims made by two women who said they were roughed up by Kane at a night club in Buffalo Thursday night.

Following the final day of the NHL Draft at First Niagara Center, both General Manager Tim Murray and Head Coach Dan Bylsma were asked about the incident surrounding the winger.

"No, I haven’t spoken with him. I’ve heard the stories," Murray said.

"The very first part of it that came out didn’t sound very good and the stuff I’ve heard since from people that have made statements that night that say they didn’t make statements. I’ve talked with his agency they’ve heard different stories than what was reported.  I’m commenting, but I can’t comment in detail because I’ve got nothing to comment on.  I don’t know all the details. I don’t know what’s right or wrong," Murray continued.  

"You could walk away from here and say Tim Murray said this or did this. I’m sitting right here but you could say I’m over there banging my head against the wall.  The police will investigate. There will be evidence or there won’t be evidence. They’ll either go forward or go away."

Kane was the focus of a sexual assault investigation in December of 2015, but was cleared of any criminal charges in March.  Murray added he's frustrated the forward is back in the headlines.

"People live their lives and if it’s like the last one and in three days nothing happened and it goes away, sure, it’s frustrating.  I guess to me it’s a wait and see and if it’s true we have to deal with it, the way we’re going to deal with it," he said.  "If it is false again then I guess we have to come up with a different plan of attack on how to make sure these accusations that may not be true, how we stop them."

Bylsma said he "bumped into Kane" Thursday, but hasn't talked to him since.

"I’m not pleased to see the headline," he said.