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Winnipeg Jets Kane in penalty box over tickets

09/05/2013 08:29 EDT | Updated 11/05/2013 05:12 EST
Winnipeg Jets Forward Evander Kane is in hot water over $650 in unpaid traffic tickets.

In June 2012, Kane was fined $249.80 for texting while driving in Manitoba. Then in October, he was fined $311 for driving without a valid licence, also in Manitoba.

But Kane, who recently signed a 6-year, $31.5 million contract, didn't pay the fines, or appear in court to face the charges.

Winnipeg Jets spokesperson Scott Brown confirmed Thursday that last week, Kane received a court order to pay $650.80 in fines and costs, meaning his wages would be garnished.

Brown called the situation a "misunderstanding." He said Wednesday the team paid the fines on Kane's behalf and Kane has repaid the team.

"The Winnipeg Hockey Club did pay the fines and then Evander worked with us and repaid us," he said. "It's not a situation where Evander knowingly didn't pay the fines or purposely didn't pay the fines." Brown said the 22-year-old Kane just "forgot" about the tickets.

"It's a set of unfortunate circumstances … that could have happen to a lot of people and just happened to happen to Evander Kane, which of course he comes with a spotlight."

He said Kane will answer questions about the issue at practice Thursday.

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