EA Sports cuts ties with Kane, will put Toews on video game cover

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The investigation surrounding Chicago Blackhawks’ winger Patrick Kane is ongoing, but EA Sports isn’t waiting around for the outcome.

The video game giant, who previously tapped the NHL star for the cover one of its up-coming game, released the following statement Wednesday:

Patrick Kane has been removed from the @EASPORTSNHL '16 cover pic.twitter.com/DjDJ3erMfx

— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 12, 2015

Kane has been under investigation for reported sexual assault on a woman in his hometown of Hamburg, New York. Investigating police recently told the Chicago Tribune that “it could be weeks before forensic test results come back” and that it might also “be even longer before the Erie County District Attorney decides whether to file criminal charges.”

It’s a big statement in an era of professional sports in which instances of domestic violence and sexual assault off the field of play are being unveiled.

In the hours since EA Sports’ statement was released, there have been reportst that Blackhawks’ captain Jonathan Toews will be on the cover of NHL16 instead.

New cover of NHL 16 features Jonathan Toews on his own, now that Patrick Kane has been dropped. Much better cover art pic.twitter.com/7uG3YL1IbI

— Bryan Wiedey (@pastapadre) August 12, 2015

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