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June 1, 2012 | 9:57am ET
Sharp stands behind teammate Kane
TheFourthPeriod.com

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane's controversial pictures may have upset management, but winger Patrick Sharp told the Chicago Tribune that he remains supportive of his teammate.

The 30-year-old, who just purchased a new house in Chicago, has acknowledged Kane's different lifestyle, but refuses to pay attention to all the bad comments.

"(Kane) lives a pretty famous lifestyle," Sharp told the Tribune. "Everyone can recognize him wherever he goes, and he's in the public eye quite a bit. He's my friend, he's my teammate, I love the guy and I'm going to be behind him no matter what happens. He's the same great kid that he's always been.

"We talk all the time about what it is to be a professional and how to carry yourself, and a guy like Kaner, he knows that. It's just he finds himself getting his picture taken because of who he is. There's nothing that I'm going to say to him that is going to help him. He's a kid with a good head on his shoulders, and I'm not worried about him at all. It's a different way to live your life. But for the amount of success that he's had at such a young age, he's handled it pretty good."

Sharp does not believe that the incident will have any impact on Kane's role in the dressing room, preferring to stand behind a brother who allowed the Hawks to end their 49-year championship drought with the game-winning goal in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup against the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010.

"I don't think that people's off-ice things can distract (from) what happens inside a locker room," Sharp said. "You've got to remember that your teammates are your family, and that's the biggest thing."

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