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Sabres Kane blames legal issues on being targeted as athlete

FILE - In this Dec. 26, 2015, file photo, Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane (9) celebrates his goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins in Boston. Kane says a woman's civil suit claiming he seriously injured her during an attack in his hotel room is meant solely to harass him. Kane calls the 21-year-old woman's allegations "a sham" in a counterclaim filed in state Supreme Court last week. The filing, first reported by The Buffalo News on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, seeks dismissal of the July 1 complaint and legal costs. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 26, 2015, file photo, Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane (9) celebrates his goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins in Boston. Kane says a woman's civil suit claiming he seriously injured her during an attack in his hotel room is meant solely to harass him. Kane calls the 21-year-old woman's allegations "a sham" in a counterclaim filed in state Supreme Court last week. The filing, first reported by The Buffalo News on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, seeks dismissal of the July 1 complaint and legal costs. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)  (The Associated Press)

Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane says he needs to be more careful when putting himself in situations that might lead to off-ice trouble.

He says it's about "picking my spots better."

At the same time, Kane blames his latest legal problems on something that "happens to athletes or people in a position such as myself."

Kane spoke Thursday when Sabres players reported for the start of training camp. The comments were his first publicly following a tumultuous offseason during which he was arrested for allegedly grabbing women by the hair and neck during an altercation at a Buffalo bar.

The 25-year-old is also being sued by a woman claiming he seriously injured her during an attack in the player's hotel room in December.

Kane pleaded not guilty to the charges stemming from the bar altercation. He filed a counterclaim against the woman suing him, calling her allegations "a sham."