Who is Evander Kane's wife? Sharks star calls Anna Kane 'mentally unwell' amid NHL betting row
Evander Kane slammed social media posts and called soon to be ex-wife Anna Kane 'mentally unwell' as NHL investigates claims that he bet on games
San Jose Sharks' Evander Kane will be investigated by the NHL, the league confirmed on August 1, 2021. The investigation stems from claims made by Kane's wife, who accused the star of gambling on his own games, and throwing them to "win money". She also accused him of having an affair with model Mara Teigen, whom she tagged on an Instagram post. The shocking claims have been vehemently denied by Kane, who dubbed his wife as "mentally unwell" for "trying to destroy my career".
Kane is not the first sports star to be under the radar. Since July 2, MLB star Trevor Bauer has been on administrative leave, while the league investigates the claims of sexual assault. In December 2020, the NBA launched a probe into the LA Clipper's deal for Kawhi Leonard. Given the large number of players in legal trouble, and increased hesitancy over the Covid-19 vaccine, sports leagues all over the US are struggling to keep a clean image.
The investigation into Kane will be an important one for the NHL, years after the last betting scandal came to light. In 2006, hockey legend Wayne Gretzky's wife and a dozen other players were implicated in a gambling ring financed by Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet. At the moment, there is no proof Kane participated in gambling, it is merely an allegation by his estranged wife, but nonetheless, the NHL has taken the accusation very seriously.
Who is Evander Kane's wife?
Kane's wife Anna Kane, who he reportedly met sometime in 2015. Both Evander and Anna are extremely private people, with their social media posts revealing little about the couple. They reportedly got married in 2018 and in July 2020 welcomed their first daughter Kensington Ava together. In 2019, Anna suffered a miscarriage. She is now reportedly pregnant with the couple's second child.
It's unclear where Anna grew up and studied. We could not find a LinkedIn or Facebook account in her name. Furthermore, little details are available on the current state of the marriage, but it appears all is not going well. Anna shared an email from Evander on Instagram, and it indicates the two aren't living together. The post also shows that Anna and Evander are sharing custody of Kensington.
Reportedly, Anna filed for divorce on July 16, and Evander is yet to respond. No court date has been set as well. Judging by the Instagram post and Evander's statement, it appears the couple is indeed ending their marriage. The filing was made just weeks before Anna made the explosive allegations against Evander, which she has since taken down.
Anna alleges cheating, gambling
Anna alleged Evander intentionally threw hockey games while leaving the family destitute. She also said, "How does the NHL let a compulsive gambling addict still play when he's obviously throwing games to win money? Hmm maybe someone needs to address this." She added, "Can someone ask (Commissioner) Gary Bettman how they let a player gamble on his own games? Bet and win with bookies on his own games?"
While the NHL launched an investigation into those claims, it's unclear what will be done about Anna's allegations of cheating. She shared an Instagram story of a chat with model Mara Teigen, whom Evander dating in the past. "So do u feel good about yourself f------ my husband when I’m at home pregnant and he can’t even give me money to buy my daughter formula. Do you feel amazing with him? After he cheated on you so much that you broke up now you can do this to another woman?" Anna asked.
Teigan has not responded to the allegations, but Evander has slammed them. On Twitter, he released two statements shortly after the allegations were made. "I have NEVER gambled/bet on Hockey, NEVER gambled/bet on a Sharks game, NEVER gambled/bet on any of my games and NEVER thrown a hockey game," he said. Evander added, "I look forward to cooperating fully with the league’s investigation, having my name clear and looking forward to this upcoming season." As for the allegations of cheating, Evander said, "I have tried to de-escalate our divorce issues and be as civil and calm as anyone in this position could...somebody who goes to this length to try and jeopardize someone's career with lies is mentally unwell."
At the time of reporting, Anna has taken down the Instagram stories where she made the allegations against Evander. Only the email remains up, as a post on her otherwise not-so-frequently used Instagram account. Even though she has over 1k followers, Anna has posted a handful of photos, mostly of her daughter.