Fame does not excuse fair prosecution

Hannah Mason, co-editor-in-chief

I’ll start off by saying that I love the Chicago Blackhawks. Three Stanley cups, six years, dynasty. If you live in the city of Chicago and don’t like the Blackhawks, are you really a true Chicagoan? It’s like calling the Sears Tower the Willis Tower. Unacceptable.

However, I have never been a fan of Patrick Kane, the infamous right wing for the Chicago Blackhawks. I’m not just saying this because of all the recent allegations against him. I guess you could say it stemmed from when, in an alcoholic rage, he beat up and robbed a taxi driver in 2009.

After that incident, many tried to assure themselves that he had cleaned up his act and grew up. Yet, here we are six years later. Kane was charged with an account of sexual assault on Aug. 2 by a woman from his hometown of Hamburg, N.Y., according to The Buffalo News. They supposedly met at a bar in downtown Hamburg.

However, people aren’t criticizing Kane for committing an awful crime because they are too busy worrying about the fact that the Blackhawks will most likely trade him.

What kind of example does that set for the younger generation? That we don’t care if he commits crimes, because we need him to win us another Stanley Cup? We need to enforce and support that no matter if you are an athlete, celebrity or a regular Joe, a crime is a crime, and every one should be handled equally.

Now, I understand that I can be making a lot of enemies by vocalizing my distaste for Kane; I’ve already gotten heat about it from my friends. I know that he is an amazing athlete, and a hometown hero, but with that kind of status, I expect that he would hold himself in a more responsible manner.

Kane’s Sept. 8 trial was reported to be postponed due to talks of settlement. Ask yourself, why should he get to buy himself out of this? Not everyone has an $84 million dollar contract that they can use to get out of their crime.

An ABC Chicago 7 article might have claimed that DNA evidence doesn’t confirm the accuser’s allegations, but that’s just what the headline said. Most people probably read that and thought that Kane is innocent now, because that’s what we want to believe. If you actually read the entirety of the article, it says that the lack of DNA evidence does not mean a sexual assault didn’t occur, and the investigation is still ongoing.

Kane isn’t the only one though; his recent scandal swept the news of Derrick Rose’s gang rape accusations under the rug. Rose, point guard for the Chicago Bulls, was recently accused of taking part in the drugging and rape of a former girlfriend, according to TMZ Sports. While Kane is working out the problem, Rose is denying the accusation and claiming innocence.

In hindsight, I also realize that sometimes the victims aren’t always innocent. These celebrities and athletes have a lot of money; it’s a known fact. I don’t find it unbelievable that women or men sometimes put themselves in that situation in order to steal money.

That girl chose to go from the bar, where her and Kane met, to his house. I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to figure out what was expected to go on once they got there. I’m not saying she knew she was going to be assaulted or deserved this is any way, but he does have a reputation.

While there is a possibility that the woman was under the influence and unaware of her actions, it doesn’t surprise me if men and women would target celebrities or athletes. We also live in a time where people fake injuries in car crashes for money or steal identities to rob a person of their money; however, we can’t confirm the state of the woman due to the lack of  information being released about the case.

However, this doesn’t excuse the celebrities or athletes; rather it exemplifies that they are not always the bad guys.

Kane and Rose are all part of a trend that has been going on for years. The only way to stop it is punishing the people that think they can walk around on their high horse, because they are ‘famous’.  Just because they make millions of dollars and live in big houses doesn’t mean they can do whatever they want.

Kane recently put out the following statement: “This has been an incredibly difficult time for many people. I cannot apologize enough for the distraction this has caused my family, my teammates, this incredible organization and, of course, our fans. While I have too much respect for the legal process to comment on an ongoing matter, I am confident that once all the facts are brought to light, I will be absolved of having done nothing wrong.”

All Kane thinks about this accusation is that it is a distraction, and that’s probably what most celebrities and athletes would think too. It is distraction from them being fawned over and glorified by the fans. We need to emphasize that it is more than a distraction; it is a crime, and fame can’t prove you innocent once you’ve committed it.

* The Oracle went to print on Sept. 29.