Posted on 10 March 2009.
American Patrick Kane one of the NHL superstars was booked and asked to cheese for a mugshot after he was arrested following an altercation in Buffalo on August 9th that left he and his cousin James Kane accused of assaulting 62-year-old cab driver, Jan Radecki.
The disagreement was said to be related to the 20-year-old Chicago Blackhawks player and the cabbie bickering over 20 cents.
That’s right; a conflict over 20 U.S. pennies or 2.58 Pesos, depending where you’re from, between a multi-million dollar pro athlete and a retirement-aged cabbie.
Kane who is listed to have earned $3.75 million last season is accused of assaulting Radecki after the cabbie told the player he did not have 20 cents change for the fare. Radecki told the Chicago Tribune:
”They broke my glasses, they ripped my clothes … all over 20 cents.”
According to a police report, the incident occurred at around 5 a.m. when the Kanes had given the driver $15 for a fare of $13.80. The driver gave them back a dollar, but not the remaining 20 cents. James Kane then allegedly tore the money from Radecki’s hand and began punching him, the report said. The driver told the Chicago Tribune on Sunday that Patrick Kane also “kept pounding and pounding on me.”
According to witnesses, the assault left the cabbie with bruises and a pair of broken glasses.
Kane was charged with second-degree robbery, a Class C felony, as well as fourth-degree criminal mischief and theft of services, both Class A misdemeanors.
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Jay Donetelli is a Tampa-based freelance sportswriter and contributor to Sports Climax and Jocks Behind Bars. With an opinion sharper than an Ovechkin skate blade with the sting of an Ali jab, Donetelli has a loyal following of readers.
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