"In light of the ongoing investigation involving Patrick Kane, he will no longer be a spokesperson for the launch of EA Sports NHL 16," the company said Wednesday. "He will not appear on the EA Sports NHL 16 cover nor participate in other EA Sports NHL 16 promotional activities."
Kane and teammate
NHL 16 will launch as scheduled on Sept. 16, with Toews alone on the front of the packaging, the company said.
The Buffalo News reported that a woman has accused Kane, 26, of raping her in his off-season home in Hamburg, N.Y., outside Buffalo, on Aug. 2. Hamburg Police and the Erie County district attorney's office are investigating the allegations but no charges have been filed.
Police have released very little information about the investigation, saying only that they are gathering information and awaiting forensic results.