49ers Colin Kaepernick comments on Miami police report

Colin Kaepernick is one of three San Francisco 49ers dealing with issues, taking their attention off the field.
April 11, 2014 11:59:07 AM PDT
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is making his first comments since a police report revealed he was under investigation by Miami police.

Kaepernick said in series of tweets: "The charges made in the TMZ story and other stories I've seen are completely wrong. They make things up about me that never happened. I take great pride in who I am and what I do, but I guess sometimes you have to deal with someone who makes things up. I want to thank all of the people who have shared their encouraging sentiments. I assure you that your faith is not misplaced."

The incident involves 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Seattle Seahawks player Ricardo Lockette and 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton. It happened on April 1 at the Viceroy Hotel in downtown Miami.

The report states that the woman who filed the complaint went to visit Lockette at an apartment at the Viceroy Hotel. Kaepernick and Patton were already there. The report does not say that a crime was committed.

It says the woman mixed some drinks and gave the three players some shots of alcohol. She claims they then told her that in order to drink the shots she had to hit a bong which contained marijuana.

They continued watching a basketball game. But, the woman says she went to the bedroom because she felt light headed. Kaepernick followed her and they started kissing. The report says they did not have sex.

The alleged victim says she can't remember anything after that. And, she woke up in a hospital bed without knowing how she got there or who transported her.

"I'm aware of the situation and don't know enough to comment on it," said Coach Jim Harbaugh.

Harbaugh wouldn't talk about the report at a celebrity golf tournament in West Palm Beach, but the organization did release a statement Thursday saying, "The 49ers organization is aware of the recent media report regarding Colin Kaepernick and is in the process of gathering the pertinent facts."

Attorney Ivan Golde has represented athletes in the past and says these types of cases can be tough to prove. He hopes nothing happened, but says in the world of professional sports, nothing surprises him.

"You shouldn't be surprised with anything that happens regarding any of these ball players because we just don't know who they are," said Golde.

Even if there are no charges, Kaepernick could face suspension or fines based on player conduct.

Legal trouble for Kaepernick's teammates

Kaepernick is one of three San Francisco 49ers dealing with issues, taking their attention off the field. Linebacker Aldon Smith was due in court Friday for DUI and felony weapons charges but that was postponed.

"Both cases are put over until April 29, where we're going to have a status hearing and figure out what to do on both cases," said Santa Clara County Assistant District Attorney Brian Buckelew. "The misdemeanor could ostensibly be sent down to the trial courts to set a trial date. And the felony could be set for a preliminary hearing, but we'll know more on the 29."

Defensive Back Chris Culliver will make an appearance in court Friday afternoon. He is facing hit-and-run charges as well as felony possession of brass knuckles. Culliver is accused of hitting a bicyclist with his car and then leaving the scene.

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