Kaepernick: ‘I did nothing wrong in that incident’
05/28/2014 7:53 PM
05/29/2014 8:03 AM
On the same day the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office said it was reviewing the case involving Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players, the 49ers quarterback said he was eager to have the nearly 2-month-old investigation resolved.
“The district attorney has the information today,” Kaepernick said after Wednesday’s practice. “At this point, I’m going to let them handle their business. I did nothing wrong in that incident. So I want to do everything I can to let the DA close this matter.”
It was the first time Kaepernick has addressed the case with the media since it was opened April 3.
Police have wrapped up their investigation, and prosecutors now must decide whether to file charges in what police in Miami initially labeled a “suspicious incident.”
The investigation began when a 25-year-old woman, who has not been named, went to police and said she woke up in a hospital a day after a night of drinking with the three players, including 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton and Seattle Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette. She did not allege that a crime occurred in the incident report filed by police.
The 911 tapes from that night revealed that hotel security and the men called police to have the woman removed from their hotel suite. According to the calls, the woman was naked in Kaepernick’s bedroom and refused to leave until Kaepernick returned to the suite at the upscale Viceroy Hotel in downtown Miami.
According to one of the 911 callers, the woman referred to herself as “Jesus.” The other caller, believed to be Lockette, said “there’s a young lady in my friend’s bed” who refused to leave until he returned. Asked if the woman was the friend’s boyfriend, the caller said, “No, no, no. He’s not her boyfriend. He’s just someone she wants to sleep with. ... She says she’s going to stay there until he gets back.”
The Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team, used in cases involving people with mental illness and substance-abuse issues, was called to the scene, and paramedics took the woman to the hospital.
The players have not been interviewed or been asked for DNA samples.
“Their attorney declined our invitation for interviews,” Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa told CSN Bay Area on Wednesday.
Ed Griffith, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney, said prosecutors were in the process of determining whether a crime has been committed. He said there was no timetable for the case.
Meanwhile, talks on a contract extension for Kaepernick have been put on hold.
The quarterback is expected to become the highest-paid player on the team and one of the most well-compensated players in the league at a salary that could average around $18 million a season.
“I’m just letting my agents handle that,” Kaepernick said. “I’m playing football regardless.”
In March, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Kaepernick deserved an extension, one on par with the other top players at his position who have received new deals in recent years. Last month, he said he had heard Kaepernick’s version of what happened in Miami and called for an end to the “jump-the-gun, witch hunt scenario we’re seeing” in media reports that linked the quarterback to a crime.
On Wednesday, Harbaugh said he continued to be a proponent of a new deal for Kaepernick.
“I really expect a breakout year for Colin,” Harbaugh said. “Athletically, he looks bionic. You all remember the “Six Million Dollar Man?” That’s what it looks like to me. He’s very gifted and always has been, and he has the look and feel of a guy that’s going to really break out even more so than he already has.”
About This BlogMatt Barrows was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Sacramento Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green. Reach Barrows at email@example.com.
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