So, Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane got arrested for fighting with a cabbie in Buffalo over the weekend. He was initially charged with felony robbery, but I don't think that dog is going to hunt. Even the cabbie's attorney admitted that today.
I think Kane is guilty of tremendous stupidity. He should be embarrassed that he put himself in this situation. He's done severe damage to his reputation. Beyond that, I think this whole incident is rather trivial.
Getting in a fight over a silly cab fare is idiotic. But there are other idiotic things at work here as well, such as the Sun-Times asking whether Kane is still a part of the Blackhawks future. The answer to that question is an emphatic 'yes.' He may not be as big a part of their marketing efforts, but he's still a big part of what they want to do on the ice.
The media and public reaction to this thing has also been absurd. Even the cabbie's attorney admitted it was way overblown. If this is such a big deal, why are the cabbie and his attorney not pursuing the felony robbery charges? Probably because this is a trivial matter.
It was a dispute over pocket change. Nobody died. Nobody was seriously injured. The cabbie had scrapes and a broken nose, but he was sufficiently recovered to make the rounds on Chicago talk radio today. He seems to be enjoying his 15 minutes of fame. He'll also enjoy the check Kane cuts him as part of a settlement. This will likely all be forgotten in a matter of days.
Of course, I've broken every rule of modern journalism in authoring this blog post. I am downplaying a screamy, sensational story. I am declining to make a mountain out of a molehill, and my rhetoric falls well short of the usual judgmental, self-righteous, holier-than-thou moral bullcrap you hear in situations like these.
I'm going to wait and see what comes of this situation before I condemn Kane and begin the process of trying to run him out of town. I know, I know. That goes against all journalistic code. Might as well fire me now.